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Celebrating a century of protecting Russia’s perimeters: Border Guard Service turns 100

May 28, 18:05 UTC+3

Russian Border Guards' Day is marked on May 28

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Group of border guards of Far East military district performs a mission, 1963
Group of border guards of Far East military district performs a mission, 1963
Group of border guards of Far East military district performs a mission, 1963
© Y. Muravin/TASS
Border guards on horseback inspect the border, 1970
Border guards on horseback inspect the border, 1970
Border guards on horseback inspect the border, 1970
© V.Petrov/TASS
Border guards detain a mock offender, the diver who tried to land on the Soviet coast at night, 1968
Border guards detain a mock offender, the diver who tried to land on the Soviet coast at night, 1968
Border guards detain a mock offender, the diver who tried to land on the Soviet coast at night, 1968
© Nikolai Nazarov/TASS
A border outpost near Damansky Island, Primorye Territory, 1969
A border outpost near Damansky Island, Primorye Territory, 1969
A border outpost near Damansky Island, Primorye Territory, 1969
© Yuri Muravin and Nikolai Nazarov/TASS
A Soviet border guard on the bank of the Ussuri river near Damansky island, 1969
A Soviet border guard on the bank of the Ussuri river near Damansky island, 1969
A Soviet border guard on the bank of the Ussuri river near Damansky island, 1969
© V. Sukhodolsky/TASS
A group of border guards with a dog patrol the state border of the USSR, 1968
A group of border guards with a dog patrol the state border of the USSR, 1968
A group of border guards with a dog patrol the state border of the USSR, 1968
© Semyon Maisterman/TASS
Border guards on a mission, 1969
Border guards on a mission, 1969
Border guards on a mission, 1969
© Yuri Muravin/TASS
Border guards' unit on patrol, 1971
Border guards' unit on patrol, 1971
Border guards' unit on patrol, 1971
© Gerbert Bagdasaryan/TASS
Border patrol agent’s dog on duty guarding his master’s belongings, 1973, 1973
Border patrol agent’s dog on duty guarding his master’s belongings, 1973, 1973
Border patrol agent’s dog on duty guarding his master’s belongings, 1973, 1973
© Edgar Bryukhanenko/TASS
Border guards seen while receiving an order, 1971
Border guards seen while receiving an order, 1971
Border guards seen while receiving an order, 1971
© Viktor Sadchikov/TASS
Soldiers on duty at the outpost, 1987
Soldiers on duty at the outpost, 1987
Soldiers on duty at the outpost, 1987
© Sergei Voronin/TASS
Border patrol at the state border in Kazakhstan, 1972
Border patrol at the state border in Kazakhstan, 1972
Border patrol at the state border in Kazakhstan, 1972
© Sergei Metelitsa/TASS
Border guards on a mission, 1980
Border guards on a mission, 1980
Border guards on a mission, 1980
© Nikolai Zhiganov/TASS
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Group of border guards of Far East military district performs a mission, 1963
© Y. Muravin/TASS
Border guards on horseback inspect the border, 1970
© V.Petrov/TASS
Border guards detain a mock offender, the diver who tried to land on the Soviet coast at night, 1968
© Nikolai Nazarov/TASS
A border outpost near Damansky Island, Primorye Territory, 1969
© Yuri Muravin and Nikolai Nazarov/TASS
A Soviet border guard on the bank of the Ussuri river near Damansky island, 1969
© V. Sukhodolsky/TASS
A group of border guards with a dog patrol the state border of the USSR, 1968
© Semyon Maisterman/TASS
Border guards on a mission, 1969
© Yuri Muravin/TASS
Border guards' unit on patrol, 1971
© Gerbert Bagdasaryan/TASS
Border patrol agent’s dog on duty guarding his master’s belongings, 1973, 1973
© Edgar Bryukhanenko/TASS
Border guards seen while receiving an order, 1971
© Viktor Sadchikov/TASS
Soldiers on duty at the outpost, 1987
© Sergei Voronin/TASS
Border patrol at the state border in Kazakhstan, 1972
© Sergei Metelitsa/TASS
Border guards on a mission, 1980
© Nikolai Zhiganov/TASS

On May 28, 1918, the Soviet government issued a decree establishing the Border Guard Service. More than 15 countries share a border with Russia, the most of any nation in the world. Soviet era photographs of border guards' daily grind can be viewed in this gallery by TASS.

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