The Volga Cossack Host sleeve patch is an emblem with the base of stylized laurel branches symbolizing the valor and courage of the Volga Cossacks, their achievements in military and civil affairs.
In the center of the emblem there is a tocsin – the award given to the Samara Volga Cossacks by Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich for the defeat of the Great Kalmyk Horde at the Yaitsky tops in 1642.
On the bell there is the image of the eight-pointed Orthodox, which symbolizes that the Volga Cossacks are always ready to defend Orthodoxy.
A double-headed eagle holding a sabre (the symbol of the Volga Cossacks) is superimposed on the bell. On the chest of the eagle there is a plate with the figures “1734” which stand for year of the Decree of the Empress Anna Ivanovna on the establishment of the Volga Cossack Host to the “sovereign” service.
The Cossacks were people who guarded the borders of Russia when there was no regular army.
After the regular army was formed by Tsar Peter I, the Cossacks became an official combat unit, which helped to magnify the strength of Russian weapons.
The Cossacks are an integral part of the Russian people. The Cossack movement was a form of mass protest against feudal oppression. This free society was based on equality and liberty of the members.
The Cossacks carried military service to protect the borders from foreigners and had become an important part of the Russian army.
The Cossacks received eternal gratitude for being loyal and courageous defenders of Russia.