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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 4:03 p.m. PST






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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 10:50 a.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!. (smile)


4th Cuirassier13 Aug 2017 10:45 a.m. PST

My opinion of Cossacks fell when I realised that they were in fact "kazakhs" and thus the ancestors of Borat.


Le Breton13 Aug 2017 11:14 a.m. PST

The Kazakhs (Russian : Казахи), Borat's people, always called themselves thus.
The name stems from Old Turkic, meaning "free, independent person, homeless, nomad, exile"
The Russians, until 1925, referred to them as "Kyrghiz", the word for "Kazakh" in Bashkir lanuage.

The Old Turkic word also migrated into Early Modern Russian as "kазакъ", and was applied to the stateless people (many Slavic, but not all) living near the border of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century.
The Cossacks (Russian : Казаки) were habitually named with a locator to specify to which "free, stateless" persons reference was being made : Don Cossacks, Astrakhan Cossacks, Ural Cossacks and so on. The term became extended to any free peoples who traded military service for exemption from the Russian system of noble land ownership with attached serfs.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2017 3:31 p.m. PST

Many thanks for the info mon ami!. (smile)


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