"he's our plastun"


 Plastuns were Cossack soldiers who performed scouting and sentry duties. In Cossack culture horses were an important sign of status; a Cossack man's identity was related to their skills as a horseman. Cossack soldiers would be responsible for buying their horses and other equipment. As plastuns did not need horses the role was considered inferior, and they were often drawn from poorer Cossack familes.