According to what I have read, bashkirs were NO cossacks. These are different people.
Cossacks came from the Don, Ukraine, the Bug, the Black Sea, Terek, Astrakan, Orenbourg, Ural and Siberia.
Cossacks are of Slavic origin and are Orthodox.
Bashkirs are a people of Iranian descent - they are Muslims (sunnites) - and came from Bashkiria, between the Volga and the Ural.
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on January 8th, 2016, 7:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.