The commemorative pin badge (insignia) of the Federal Border Service of Russia is established on February 19, 1995.
The pin badge is made of agoldish metal, and represents an oval laurel-and-oak wreath, in the center of which there is an imposed, four-pointed emerald (green) cross with flared ends and golden edge. In the center of the cross there is the emblem of the Border Troops of the Federal Border Service of Russia with crossed SKS Carbines. At the base of the wreath is a curly ribbon painted in the colors of Russian National Flag.
On the reverse side of the pin badge there is a screw for fastening it to military clothes.
The emblem of Russian Border Troops (standard of 1997) is a goldish double-headed eagle with outstretched wings feathers down, topped with a crown and holding a scepter and an orb. On the chest of the eagle there is a superimposed red coat of arms with the figure of a horseman spearing a dragon on it.
The cross indicates the historical connection of times and glorious military traditions of Russian weapons. It symbolizes the defense of the Motherland and the Faith of Christ.
The emerald (green) cross is the heraldic symbol of the Border Service. Green has become a calling card of first the Soviet and then Russian border guards.
The crossed SKS Carbine symbolize readiness to defend. The self-loading carbine SKS- 45 with a bayonet depicted on the pin badge the icon is a ceremonial (memorial) weapon.
The laurel-and-oak wreath symbolizes courage, strength, perseverance and valor, glory and eternal memory of the fallen.
In 1992-1995 the pin badge was perhaps the only official award for those servicemen involved in the fighting in the Caucasus. Thus it was often rewarded not only to the guards, but also the personnel of other agencies. By its informal status this award was valued and appreciated rather high, almost at the level of the medal “For Gallantry”, since the rewarding of the pin badge indicated the direct involvement of the awarded in the fighting during the hottest period – until the summer of 1996.
The term “Border Troops” was excluded from the legislation on May 27, 2004. After the abolition of the Federal Border Service, the duty of the protection of the state border were entrusted to the border authorities of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB).
Formally, the pin badge still stays in the system of awards of the Russian FSB, but its awarding is currently discontinued. During its existence the pin badge was awarded to 1925 servicemen.