Border Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation

The Border Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (Russian: Пограничная служба Федеральной службы безопасности Российской Федерации) is a branch of Federal Security Service of Russia tasked with patrol of the Russian border.

The terms Border Service of Russia (Russian: Пограничная служба России) and Border Force of Russia (Russian: Пограничные войска России) are also common, while in English, the terms "Border Guards" and "Border Troops" are frequently used to designate this service. The Border service numbers around 170,000 active members,[1] which includes the Russian maritime border guard units (i.e., the coast guard).

Border Service of the FSB of the Russian Federation
Пограничная служба Федеральной службы безопасности Российской Федерации
Border guard service of the fsb
Flag of Border Troops of Russia
Agency overview
FormedJune 12, 1992
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyRussia
Operations jurisdictionRussia
Size20,241 lineal kilometers
General nature
HeadquartersMoscow

Parent agencyFlag of FSB.svg Federal Security Service (Russia)
Facilities
StationsYes
LockupsYes
Patrol carsYes
BoatsYes
DogsYes
HorsesYes
Website
ps.fsb.ru
Flag of Border Troops of Russia
Flag of the Border Service of the FSB since 2003 and Border Troops of the Federal Border Service till 2003.
Flag of Federal Border Service of Russia
Federal Border Service flag till 2003.
Russia, Flag of border service 2008
Flag of the Coast Guard of the Border Service of the FSB.

History

Tsarist and Imperial Russia

One can trace the origin of the Russian border service to 1571 and the work of Prince Mikhail Vorotynsky (died 1573) and his Great Abatis Border built along the southern boundaries of the Tsardom of Russia in the 16th century. In 1782 the Empress Catherine II of Russia established Border Customs Guard units, originally manned by Russian Cossacks as well as by low-ranking cavalry troops. In 1810 General Mikhail Barklay de Tolly organized numerous border posts along the entire western Russian border, manned by 11 regiments of Don and Bug Cossacks . Within two years Russian Border Guards became the first to oppose Napoleon's invasion of Russia (June 1812). 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 government of Emperor Nicholas I established a coast guard - originally to observe coasts of the Black Sea and of the Sea of Azov.

Count Sergei Witte, the Russian Minister of Finance (1892-1903) in the government of Alexander III (reigned 1881-1894), reformed the service on 13 October 1893 into the Independent Border Guards Corps (IBGC - a para-military rather than a 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 - maintaining the defence of the lengthy Imperial border. They served in 8 division-sized districts as well as in the Saint Petersburg headquarters unit.

Soviet period

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

RIAN archive 942200 Border guards of the Federal Security Service pursuing trespassers of the maritime boundary during exercises in Kaliningrad region
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 as a separate government agency. The agency 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 closed border with Turkey and open border with 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 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.[2]

In July 2014 Ukraine opened a criminal case against the head of the Border Guard Service Vladimir Kulishov; he was accused of financing “illegal military groups” in Eastern Ukraine who at the time fought against the Ukrainian army.[3][4][5]

Mission

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.
  • Combat any threats to national security in the border area, including terrorism and foreign infiltration.

Organization

Command

  • 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

Эмблема погранвойск России
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,
  • Companies, institutions, and organizations in Russia under the FPS (hereinafter referred to authorities and troops as FPS Russia), according to federal law

Lineup

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 No. 457, dated April 23, 2001:

  • 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;
  • Repair plant;
  • Parts logistics, technical, and other support.

See also

Timeline

  • 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

Equipment

Aircraft

Helicopter

References

  1. ^ "Paper" (PDF). info.publicintelligence.net. 2017.
  2. ^ "Russia to create 20 frontier posts in Arctic". Russia & India Report. 16 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Ukraine calls businessman and Russian defense minister 'accomplices of terrorists'". wqad.com. 22 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Ukraine opens criminal case against Russian Border Service chief - Xinhua - English.news.cn". Xinhua News Agency.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

Sources

  • 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)
  • 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

External links

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Prior to 1965 Victory Day was not a major holiday and parades were not held, with the exception of the 1945 Victory Day Parade. The Victory Parade of 1965 was the second made after 1945 Victory Day Parade. After this parade next would be held recently in 1985.

The parade was observed by Soviet leaders from Lenin´s Mausoleum. Major political figures attending were General Secretary of the Communist Party Leonid Brezhnev, Chairman of the Council of Ministers Alexei Kosygin, and Minister of Defence Marshal Rodion Malinovsky among others. The parade was commanded by Moscow Military District Commander General of the Army Afanasy Beloborodov. It was on that very parade that Mikhail Yegorov and Meliton Kantaria, the then two surviving raisers of the Victory Banner, escorted it as the color party of the banner marched past the dignitaries on Red Square with retired Col. Konstantin Samsonov carrying the banner.

On this parade what is now the 1st Honor Guard Company of the 154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant's Regiment made its parade debut. Several of the then living officers from the war bearing the rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union, including Georgy Zhukov, the parade inspector of the original 1945 Victory Parade, attended the event.

1995 Moscow Victory Day Parades

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1996 Moscow Victory Day Parade

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1997 Moscow Victory Day Parade

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Together with the Supreme Commander of Russian Armed Forces, President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, the Russian army generals and other officials stood on a temporary grandstand, erected in front of Lenin's Mausoleum. The parade was attended by 5,000 officers and men, the parade went off without a demonstration of military equipment. The parade commander was deputy commander of the Moscow Military District, Lieutenant-General Igor Puzanov. Passage of the troops took 20 minutes.

2000 Moscow Victory Day Parade

The Moscow Victory Day Parade of 2000 was held on 9 May 2000 to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. The parade marks the Soviet Union's victory in the Great Patriotic War. The parade was commanded by Colonel General Ivan E Puzanov, Commander of the Moscow Military District, and reviewed by the Minister of Defence, Marshal of the Russian Federation Igor Sergeyev. The historical part of the parade was commanded by the former Moscow Military District commander General of the Army Vladimir Govorov. A speech was made by the newly elected president Vladimir Putin.

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2005 Moscow Victory Day Parade

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After the inspection of the troops, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin gave his 6th holiday address to the nation.

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A speech was made by the third president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. This would be notable to be the first ever major Russian military parade seen on television worldwide when RT carried a live broadcast of the parade for the first time in its history.

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2012 Moscow Victory Day Parade

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Moscow Victory Day Parade

Moscow Victory Day Parade may refer to:

Moscow Victory Parade of 1945

1965 Moscow Victory Day Parade

1985 Moscow Victory Day Parade

1990 Moscow Victory Day Parade

1995 Moscow Victory Day Parade

1996 Moscow Victory Day Parade

1997 Moscow Victory Day Parade

1998 Moscow Victory Day Parade

1999 Moscow Victory Day Parade

2000 Moscow Victory Day Parade

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2002 Moscow Victory Day Parade

2003 Moscow Victory Day Parade

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2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade

2016 Moscow Victory Day Parade

2017 Moscow Victory Day Parade

2018 Moscow Victory Day Parade

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