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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Backs President On Status of Cossacks

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of President Boris Yeltsin's decree restoring to the Cossacks some of the special status they enjoyed before the Revolution.

Following a day of hearings Tuesday, the court found that Yeltsin had not breached the constitution's separation of powers by giving Cossacks the right to set up special armed units under the oversight of the Defense, Interior and Security Ministries.