Young Russians learn military training at the General Yermolov Cadet School

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Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School fans a flame during a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School schedule a guard roster during a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School sit near a campfire during a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Members of the military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, which is on a visit to the base of military-patriotic club "Russian Knights", get ready to swim in a lake, near the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School attends a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School peel potatoes during a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School wait to board an airplane for a parachute jump at an airdrome in the village of Novomaryevskaya outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School gathers his parachute after landing in the village of Novomaryevskaya outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
An instructor from the military-patriotic club "Russian Knights" teaches youngsters from the military-patriotic club "Patriot" how to use a compass during a visit to the "Russian Knights" base in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School attends a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Members of the military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, which is on a visit to the base of military-patriotic club "Russian Knights", exercise in the morning, near the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Members of military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria use a pool during a visit to the military-patriotic club "Russian Knights" base, in the village of Sengileyevskoye in Stavropol region, Russia, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
An instructor from the military-patriotic club "Russian Knights" teaches youngsters from the military-patriotic club "Patriot" how to use weapons, during their visit to the "Russian Knights" base in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Members of the military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, go for a run after waking up, during their visit to the base of military-patriotic club "Russian Knights", in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School attends a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
An instructor from the military-patriotic club "Russian Knights" takes sheep to graze outside of the base, as members of the military-patriotic club "Patriot" look on during their visit to the "Russian Knights" base in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Members of the military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, pray at a chapel before going to bed, during a visit to the base of military-patriotic club "Russian Knights", in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School board an airplane for a parachute jump at an airdrome in the village of Novomaryevskaya outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
An instructor watches students from the General Yermolov Cadet School jumping from an airplane with parachutes at an airdrome in the village of Novomaryevskaya outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Members of the military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, train during a visit to the base of military-patriotic club "Russian Knights", in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School attends a training session before a parachute jump from an airplane at an airdrome in the village of Novomaryevskaya outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Members of the military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, train during a visit to the base of military-patriotic club "Russian Knights", in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students of the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a ceremony to mark the beginning of the school year in the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students of the General Yermolov Cadet School sit next to the portrait of Alexei Yermolov, the famous Russian imperial general, after a ceremony marking the beginning of the school year in the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School march with a flag during a ceremony to mark the beginning of the school year in the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A member of military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, clears away glasses after washing dishes, during a visit to the military-patriotic club "Russian Knights" base in the village of Sengileyevskoye in Stavropol region, Russia, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Children from the military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, who are on a visit to the base of military-patriotic club "Russian Knights", eat in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes intrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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A member of the military-patriotic club "Patriot" from the Crimean city of Evpatoria, who are on a visit to the base of military-patriotic club "Russian Knights", sleeps on a bed of straw in the early morning, in the village of Sengileyevskoye, in Stavropol region, Russia, August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko SEARCH "KORNIYENKO TEENAGERS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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STAVROPOL, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin may be criticized by the West for the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, but at home his public approval ratings have been boosted.

The operation to seize the peninsula, hailed by Russian nationalists as "The Crimean Spring", led to an upsurge in what is called "military and patriotic education" of Russian youths.

In the southern region of Stavropol, interest has been revived in the Cossacks, a warrior class in tsarist times, and in the history of tsarist and modern wars which Moscow fought in the North Caucasus region.

The Cossacks, who were portrayed as peaceful ploughmen in quiet times, were swift to repel attacks from nearby regions, such as Chechnya and Dagestan, or join Moscow's military campaigns elsewhere.

"Tomorrow begins today," reads the motto of a cadet school in Stavropol that was named after Alexei Yermolov, a 19th century Russian general who conquered the Caucasus for the Russian empire.

A Reuters photo essay captures images from the General Yermolov Cadet School training in Stavropol and in the countryside.

Most cadets come from families of active Russian soldiers or officers from other security forces. About 40 percent of school leavers join the military or law enforcement agencies.

Many instructors spent years in "hot spots" or conflict zones.

A group of teenagers from the "Patriot" club in Crimea visited the school's field camp, named "Russian Knights", over the summer. Up to 600 boys and girls train there each summer.

This camp trains more than 1,500 teenagers a year.

Physical exercises go hand-in-hand with weapons training, marksmanship tests, car driving and even parachuting.

 

(Reporting by Eduard Korniyenko; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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