The eagle is fringed with a cornflower-blue ribbon superimposed on the bottom and at the sides. The inscription in straight golden letters on the ribbon reads: “Federal Security Service”.
Behind the shield there is a sword vertically posed along the symmetry axis and pointed downward. The hilt and the cross of the sword are golden.
On the back of the pin badge there is a screw for fastening it to the uniform.
The shield and sword is a symbol of constant readiness for action to ensure the safety and armed protection of the citizens.
The sword with its blade pointed down is a symbol of the remembrance of the comrades fallen in struggle.
The double-headed eagle is the State Emblem of the Russian Federation.
Golden is the color of generosity.
Red is the color of strength and valor.
Blue (cornflower-blue) is the traditional color of the uniform of the state security and counterintelligence.
At the heart of a chest pin badge with the emblem of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation lies the image of the chest pin badge “Honorary Officer of KGB USSR” of the 1957 standard.
Created on the heraldic canons, in the basis it has a slightly convex figured shield with a distinct edging (binding) with convex “nails” on it. This shield is the cornerstone of the majority of awards and badges connected with power structures of the USSR and Russia. In the middle of the shield there is a vertically located sword with the hilt up. Here it is very important to note the location of the sword. In the early days of the Soviet government, in the days of the uncompromising class war, on the foreground of the VChK – GPU-NKVD and later the KGB, there was the image of the “punishing sword of the Revolution” superimposed over the shield, which was a secondary figure, a hint at its protective function.
Currently on the insignia of the the Federal Security Service of Russia, when there is no external enemy, and the internal one is weak, the sword is modestly put behind the shield, symbolizing not so much retaliatory as protective functions.