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FPS History

The Federal Border Service is one of the successors of the KGB, assuming the border control functions previously performed by the KGB Border Troops Directorate. Intelligence in Russia's border guard service dates back to the time of Peter the Great], when customs duties were introduced and smugglers naturally appeared. When the Russian Federation Border Troops were formed, the Intelligence Directorate was formed within them. Later an edict of the Russian president created the Federal Border Service -- the High Command of the Border Troops, where the Intelligence Directorate is located. It is entrusted with conducting intelligence, counterintelligence, and operational-investigative activity in the interests of ensuring that the state border is guarded.

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