Cossacks in traditional attire are seen in downtown Rosa Khutor during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 13, 2014. For centuries they were the free men of the Russian steppe - conquerors ... more 
Cossacks in traditional attire are seen in downtown Rosa Khutor during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 13, 2014. For centuries they were the free men of the Russian steppe - conquerors of Siberia, defenders of the empire's frontiers and guardians of a warrior culture that to this day is celebrated in legend and song. At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Cossacks are restricted to more prosaic duties: 500 have been deployed to work with police, mainly patrolling streets and stations on the lookout for troublemakers and drunks. To match story OLYMPICS/RUSSIA-COSSACKS Picture taken February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder(RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS) less 
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Reuters | Photo By MICHAEL DALDER / REUTERS
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 1:03 PM EST