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Border Guard Service of Russia
Common name Border Patrol
Border guard service of the fsb.jpg
Logo of the Border Guard Service of Russia
Agency overview
Formed June 12, 1992
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency Russia
Size 20,241 lineal kilometers
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction National border patrol, security, and integrity.
Operational structure
Headquarters Moscow
Parent agency Federal Security Service (Russia)
Stations Yes
Lockups Yes
Patrol cars Yes
Boats Yes
Dogs Yes

Russian Border Guard Ensign

The Border Service of Russia (Russian: Пограничная служба России), also called the Border Force of Russia (Пограничные войска России, Pogranichnyie Voiska Rossii) is a branch of Federal Security Service of Russia tasked with patrol of the Russian border. In English, the terms "Border Guards" and "Border Troops" are frequently used to designate this service. The Border service includes the Russian maritime border guard units (i.e., a coast guard).

History[edit | edit source]

Imperial Russia[edit | edit source]

Border Guards were created in the Russian Empire in the 18th century, however, the origin of the Russian border service can be traced to Prince Mikhail Vorotynsky and his Great Abatis Border in the 16th century. In 1782 Catherine II of Russia created Border Customs Guards originally manned by Russian Cossacks as well as low-ranking cavalry troops. General Mikhail Barklay de Tolly organized in 1810 numerous border posts consisted of 11 regiments of Don and Bug Cossacks along all Western Russian border. Within two years Russian Border Guards were first to fight the Napoleon's invasion of Russia. In 1832 Cossacks and cavalry were replaced by armed customs officials subordinate to the ministry of finance in peacetime (in wartime the border guards were automatically transferred to the army). In the same year the coast guard was created, originally to observe Black sea and Azov sea coasts. In 1893 Count Sergei Witte Russian minister of finance in the Alexander III's government reformed the service on October 13 that year into the Independent Border Guards Corps, a para-military rather than civilian organization headed by an army general and reporting directly to the ministry.

In 1906 about 40 000 soldiers and officers served in the IBGC responsible for the defence of the vast Imperial border. They served in 8 division sized districts as well as in the Saint Petersburg headquarters unit.

Soviet period[edit | edit source]

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NKVD border guards watching the frontier

Soviet Border Troops, (Russian: Пограничные войска СССР, Pogranichnyie Voiska SSSR) were the militarized border guard of the Soviet Union, subordinated to its subsequently reorganized state security agency: first to Cheka/OGPU, then to NKVD/MGB and, finally, to KGB. Accordingly, they were known as NKVD Border Troops and KGB Border Troops (with Russian abbreviations - НКВД СССР/- КГБ СССР added on the end of official names). Unlike border guards of many other countries, Soviet Border Troops were a centralized force including also the maritime border guard units (i.e., a coast guard).

Modern period[edit | edit source]

Border guards of the Federal Security Service in Kaliningrad region, 2011

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Federal Border Guard Service of Russia was created on December 30, 1993 and given a status of separate government agency. This organization retained some old traditions, most notably the dark green-colored uniform and "Border Guarder's Day" (an official holiday commemorated by celebrations of ex-servicemen). First minister of FBS (Federal Border Service) was Andrei Nikolayev, young and outspoken general who later became deputy of the State Duma. Russian Border Guards were also stationed outside of Russia most notably in southern Tajikistan, in order to guard the border with Afghanistan, until summer 2005. On Afghan-Tajik border on many occasions they were engaged in heavy fighting with drug-traffickers and Islamic extremists. Armenia's border with Turkey and Iran is also still guarded by the Russians. On March 11, 2003 Russian president Vladimir Putin changed the status of Border Guard Service from a separate agency into a branch of Russian Federal Security Service. The current head of Border Guard Service of Russia is General Vladimir Pronichev. Border Guard Service of Russia is still tasked with a defence of the longest national border in the world.

In April 2012 Vladimir Pronichev announced that the country was planning to build 20 frontier posts in the Arctic region. Reasons for this development can be found in the increased abilities to explore hydrocarbon deposits in the north. It will also give Russia an ability to patrol and service the Northern Sea Route.[1]

Mission[edit | edit source]

Responsibilities of Border Guard Service of Russia include:

  • defence of the Russian national border, prevention of illegal crossing of the land and sea border by people and goods (smuggling).
  • protection of economic interests of the Russian Federation and its natural resources within land and sea border areas, territorial waters and internal seas, including prevention of poaching and illegal fishing.

Organization[edit | edit source]

Command[edit | edit source]

  • The head of the Border Service - Army General Vladimir Kulishov (Deputy Director of Russia's FSB)
  • First Deputy Head of the Border Service - Lieutenant-General Vladimir Rozhkov
  • First Deputy Head of the Border Service - the head of the Organizational Department, Colonel-General Mansur Masgutovich Valiev
  • Deputy head of Russia's FSB Border Service - the chief international treaty management Lieutenant-General Alexander L. Manilov
  • Deputy Chief of the Border Service - Lieutenant-General Victor Trofimovich Trufanov
  • Deputy Chief of the Border Service - Maj. Gen. Alexander O. Mizon
  • Deputy Chief of the Border Service - Maj. Gen. Nikolai Nikolaevich Rybalkin
  • Deputy Chief of the Border Service - Lieutenant General Gennady Semenovich Simuhin

Old FPS Structure[edit | edit source]

1990s emblem

FPS Russia, the Federal Border Service (Russian: Федеральная пограничная служба, Federal'naya Pogranichnaya Sluzhba), active from 30 December 1994 to 30 June 2003, was headed by a single centralized system, which included:

  • border control;
  • foreign intelligence corps;
  • operational entities engaged in intelligence, counter, operational investigative activities, to ensure its own security system;
  • border guards and other organs of the Border Service, provided by federal law;
  • FPS Russia border troops;
  • military educational institutions, vocational education,
  • enterprises, institutions and organizations in Russia under the FPS (hereinafter referred to authorities and troops as FPS Russia), according to federal law

Lineup[edit | edit source]

Changes in the regional structure of the Border Service, instead of ten regional border (see the old structures FPS) for the new scheme includes regional offices of the border (in the federal districts) and 30 border offices. Includes the Maritime Border Guard.

Regional border districts:

  • Regional Border Directorate of the Central Federal District
  • Regional Border Management for the Southern Federal District
  • Regional Border Directorate of the Ural Federal District
  • Regional Border Directorate of the Volga Federal District
  • Regional Border Directorate for the Siberian Federal District
  • North West Regional Border Management
  • Arctic regional border management on
  • Regional Border Directorate for the Far Eastern Federal District

The military educational institutions, vocational education:

As adopted by presidential decree dated 23 April 2001, № 457

  • Border Academy of Russia's FSB;
  • Military Medical Institute, the Border Service of Russia's FSB in the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy;
  • Golitsynsky Military Institute of the Border Service;
  • Kaliningrad Military Institute of the Border Service;
  • Kurgan Military Institute of the Border Service;
  • Moscow Military Institute of the Border Service;
  • Khabarovsk Military Institute, the Border Service;
  • The First Cadet Corps of the Border Service.

Enterprises, institutions and organizations which are subordinate to the Border Service:

  • medical and health institutions of the Border Service;
  • Repair Plant;
  • parts logistics, technical and other support.

Russian Coast Guard[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Приложение N 2 к Указу Президента Российской Федерации от 19 июля 1997 г. N 732 Annex 2 to N decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 19 Jul, 1997 N 732

Border Service Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • The border and internal troops (Guard) VCHK-OGPU-NKVD-USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • 29 September 1918 - The headquarters of the hull forces (internal security) VCHK
  • 1 April 1921 - The Office of troops VCHK-OGPU
  • 1 December 1922 - The headquarters of the troops OGPU
  • 3 October 1923 - Inspektsiya troops GPU - OGPU
  • 6 November 1926 - The Directorate of Border Guard Troops and OGPU
  • 10 July 1934 - General Directorate of Border and internal security (GUPVO) Soviet NKVD
  • 29 September 1938 - General Directorate of Border and Interior Troops (GUPVV) Soviet NKVD

From 1938 to 1957:

  • The Directorate of Border Troops (GUPV)
  • The Directorate of troops for the protection of railway facilities
  • The Directorate of troops for the protection of critical business industry
  • The Directorate escort troops (GUKV)
  • General Directorate of Military Supplies (GUVS)
  • The main military construction management
  • 9 June 1956 - GUPVV USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • 2 April 1957 - GUPVV USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs was disbanded in connection with the transfer of border troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Soviet KGB when the Soviet Union SM

The border troops (Guard):

  • 28 May 1918 - Border Guard when Narkomate Finance (later - in the military and Narkomate Foreign Trade)
  • 24 November 1920 - features in the GS VCHK-GPU, then to the CGB GPU and the headquarters of a frontier corps (Border Division) headquarters troops OGPU
  • 28 July 1923 - Department of Border Guard GPU, OGPU
  • 6 November 1926 - The Directorate of Border Guard Troops and OGPU
  • 10 July 1934 - Soviet NKVD GUPVO
  • 29 September 1938 - Soviet NKVD GUPVV
  • 8 March 1939 - Soviet NKVD GUPV
  • 17 October 1949 - GUPV MGB USSR
  • 14 March 1953 - GUPV USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • 9 Jun, 1956 - based GUPV, GUVKO and MAT USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs was organized by the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs GUPVV
  • 2 April 1957 - GUPV KGB when the Soviet Union SM
  • 5 July 1978 - GUPV KGB
  • In December 1991 - after the reorganization of KGB, the General Directorate of Border Troops were abolished and formed the Committee for the Protection of the State border of the Soviet Union with the Joint Command of the border forces led by was assigned to the post of chairman of the Committee - Chief of Soviet border troops.
  • In 1992 - a Border troops of the Russian Federation, which have been subordinated to the Ministry of Security.
  • In 1993 - Federal Border Service - General Command of Border Troops of Russian Federation with the status of federal ministries.
  • In 1994 - renamed the Federal Border Service (FPS Russia).
  • 4 May 2002 - FPS Russia renamed the Border Service of the Russian Federation, which consists of specially authorized federal executive body for the Border Service (FPS Russia), troops and other organizations.
  • 11 March 2003 - Vladimir Putin abolished the function of FPS conveyed to the FSB. FPS Russia renamed PS Russia's FSB

Sources[edit | edit source]

Лубянка. Lubyanka. Органы ВЧК-ОГПУ-НКВД-НКГБ-МГБ-МВД-КГБ 1917-1991. Справочник, документы (Международный фонд Демократия, Москва 2003) - Authorities VCHK-OGPU-NKVD-NKGB-MGB-MVD-KGB 1917-1991. Reference documents (International Fund for Democracy, Moscow 2003)

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