“The Cossacks have always played a significant role in the formation of our national identity: they served their country with faith and justice, discovered Siberia, the Far East, founded new towns and developed the economy of our great country. Today Cossack traditions are reviving. The number of Cossack associations is growing. Probably, to a certain extent, this is due to the creation of a regulatory and legal base devoted to the Cossacks. The Regulation on the State Register of the Cossack entities has been in effect for 15 years. The Federal Law “On the State Service of the Russian Cossacks” was adopted in 2005. In 2008, the Concept of state policy with respect to the Russian Cossacks was adopted...
I think that it is clear that the state is interested in maximizing the potential of the Cossacks in our country, in solving the common problems which the state traditionally solved together with the Cossacks: naturally, in the strengthening of our country in general, in raising our youth and strengthening military and patriotic traditions. All of this is important in any situation but it is especially important when the country has so many challenges to overcome. And such challenges, unfortunately, have, and continue to surface…”

From the speech by Dmitry Anatolievich Medvedev at the meeting with Cossack atamans on March 12, 2009 in the President’s Gorki residence.