soviet border troops
ПВ Пограничные_войска Пограничные_войска_СССР 苏联边防军 ソ国境警備隊
Russian: Пограничные войска СССР, romanized: Pogranichnyye voyska SSSR
THe border guard of the USSR subordinated to the Soviet state security agency: first to the Cheka/OGPU, then to NKVD/MGB and, finally, to the KGB. Accordingly, they were known as NKVD Border Security and KGB Border Troops. Unlike the border guards of many other countries, Soviet Border Troops also included the maritime border guarding units, and aviation units (i.e., a coast guard).
The mission of Border Troops included repulsing armed incursions into Soviet territory; preventing illegal crossings of the border or the transport of weapons, explosives, or contraband or across the border; monitoring the observance of established procedures at border crossing points; monitoring the observance by Soviet and foreign ships of navigation procedures in Soviet territorial waters; and assisting state agencies in the preservation of natural resources and the protection of the environment from pollution. Border guards were authorized to examine documents and possessions of persons crossing the borders and to confiscate articles; to conduct inquiries in cases of violations of the state border; and to take such actions as arrest, search and interrogation of individuals suspected of border violations.
They are easily distinguished with green colouring on their uniforms. This includes berets, collar tabs, patches, peaked caps as well as shoulder epaulettes that usually has Cyrillic acronym "ПВ" on them. See post #3743293 and post #5953554 for examples.
- Grenztruppen - East German counterpart
- Pioneer Movement
- Soviet Army
- Soviet Air Force
- Soviet Militsiya
- Soviet Navy
- Wikipedia article: Soviet Border Troops