On May 27, 2004 the Russian legislation excluded the term “Border Troops.”
After the abolition of the Federal Border Service, all features on State Border Protection were assigned to border authorities of the Federal Security Service of Russia (in the past – the KGB).
The insignia is made of green cloth in the shape of a rhombus characteristic of the state security organs (NKVD, GPU, KGB). In the center of the sleeve patch there is the new emblem the Border Service of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
The extension of Russian land border is 13,747 miles (22,125 kilometers), so it is not surprising that green has become the “calling card” of first Soviet and then Russian border guards.
The emblem of the Border Service of Russian Federal Security Service is a golden double-headed eagle with raised wings, holding the scepter and orb, topped with a large and two smaller crowns. On the eagle’s chest there is a triangular elongated downward blue (cornflower) shield with carved top corners and a silvery edging with protruding rivets on the edges.
In the center of shield the shield there is a superimposed green cross with silver edging – the heraldic symbol of the Border Service of Russian Federal Security Service.
Behind the shield there is a sword vertically pointed downward.
At the bottom and the sides the eagle is fringed with a curly forked at the ends green ribbon with golden edgings. The inscription in straight capital letters on the ribbon reads: “BORDER SERVICE”.
The shield and sword is a symbol of constant readiness for action to ensure the safety and armed protection.
Blue (cornflower-blue) is the traditional color of the uniform of the state security and counterintelligence.