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Wearing their traditional costumes Cossack gather for the regional... News PhotoCity,Cossack,Cultures,Examining,Headwear,Horizontal,Lifestyles,Moscow,Period Costume,Quality Control,Russia,Traditional ClothingPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPWearing their traditional costumes Cossack gather for the regional Cossack community's inspection in the southern Russian city of Stavropol, on on November 17, 2012. Cossacks were mounted peasant-soldiers, who by the late 18th century became a privileged military class in Russia. There were 11 Cossack communities, each named for its location. AFP PHOTO / DANIL SEMYONOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)