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The planned deployment of the Cossacks, announced by the governor of the Krasnodar region, has been harshly criticized in Russia, with some warning that it will lead to a rise in ethnic tensions and even hate crimes against mostly dark-complexioned Muslim migrants.

The Cossacks will be unarmed but still wear uniforms identifying them as adherents of a military force that still celebrates its pre-Soviet role as a defender of Russia’s borders.

Their mission beginning Sept. 1 will be to deal with migrants whose “behavior is not always legal, not always right,” Konstantin Perenishko, deputy head of the Kuban Cossack Army, said Monday by telephone from Krasnodar.

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