- Russian FSB Border Service celebrates its 95th anniversary
Employees of the Border Service of Russia today mark its 95th anniversary. Its history, it leads to the formation of the Decree on the frontier, which was signed on 28 May 1918. Meanwhile, the history of the Border Guard in Russia has five centuries.
In addition to the traditional tasks of the border — the sea and land — for now before the FSB Border Service is becoming more global task of ensuring border crossing. If in the Soviet period, the border crossed by about 2 million people a year, in 1993 — 35 million people, in 2000 — 75 million people, by the middle of 2000, this figure exceeded 100 million people a year. In 2011, the border crossed the 135 million citizens and 20 million units of transport, in 2012 — more than 165 million people and 27 million units of transport.
According to the FSB Border Service of Russia, in the course of activities for the protection of the border in 2012 seized about 300 firearms, more than 30 thousand of ammunition, 366 kg of explosives. In addition, seized about 335 kg of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as goods and objects illegally transported across the border, amounting to about 200 million rubles.
The units of the Coast Guard on marine areas for the year more than 150 detained intruders. On judicial decisions confiscated four nine Russian and foreign vessels seized about 1.7 tons of illegally caught seafood, which is 5 percent higher than in 2011. For violation of environmental laws were brought to administrative responsibility over 5.5 thousand people. Amount of fines imposed exceeded 240 million rubles.
In the FSB Border Service added that the border of international co-operation is activated. In the past year, double the increase in the number of joint activities with foreign partners. Only in the special border operations "West-2012", held in conjunction with the border authorities of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Frontex Agency and the International Organization for Migration, border authorities stopped the illegal activities of organized criminal groups of four or more 40 organized criminal groups.