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Russia: Federal Border Service and Border Security
Country Study > Chapter 10 > Internal Security > Successor Agencies to the KGB > Federal Border Service and Border Security


The fourth agency to emerge from the dismantled KGB was the national border troops command, which formerly had been administered as the KGB's Border Troops Directorate. By the mid-1990s, both the subordination and the size of this organization had undergone considerable change. For the Russian Federation, national border security issues have been much different from those of the Soviet Union; for this reason, and because of depleted resources to support security operations, border policy has become an especially important part of Russia's overall relations with other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS -- see Glossary).

Data as of July 1996

Last Updated: July 1996

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