Cossacks, who formed a feared military force in czarist times, start their 2012 ceremonial march from Moscow to Paris in memory of soldiers killed during the war against Napoleon in 1812. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots'

Once the marauders and cowboys of Russia's wild frontier, the horse-bound warriors are reappearing as a symbol of national pride.

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