Friday, August 23, 2019

Moscow Pays for Belarusian Youth to Come to Russian Military Camp

Paul Goble

            Staunton, August 21 – Rossotrudnichestvo, the Russian agency for CIS and compatriot affairs, has paid for a group of young Belarusians to take part in military training exercises at a Russian camp near Smolensk, an action some may view as part of Moscow’s effort to develop a fifth column in Belarus.

            This is the fifth time this program has been run under the auspices of Vladimir Putin’s pocket Cossack group and the Russian government’s program for “Strengthening the Unity of the Russian Nation, Harmonizing Inter-Ethnic Relations and the Development of Cossacks” ( and

            Judging from the photographs on the group’s VKontakte page, says, the young Belarusian “Cossacks” were given paramilitary-type training. What makes this worthy of note is that it is yet another example of how the Kremlin is using its pseudo-Cossacks to promote Russian goals, including expansion into neighboring countries. 

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