Russia will keep strengthening its border security, replacing
outdated protective installations such as barbed wire fences with
advanced surveillance and monitoring equipment, Vladimir Streltsov, a
deputy head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, said in an interview
with government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta.
Radars, laser control systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, CCTV
cameras, night vision equipment and other automatic information
collection devices will be increasingly used to protect Russia’s
61,000-kilometer border, Streltsov said.
The Federal Security Service is also considering using ground effect vehicles (GEVs) for border control purposes, he said.
Weary vehicles currently used by border guards will also be replaced with modern four-wheelers and snowmobiles, he added.
Russia shares land borders with 14 countries such as Norway, Finland,
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia,
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea, as well as South
Ossettia and Abkhazia, which are both recognized as sovereign states by
Russia. It also has maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk,
and the U.S. state of Alaska by the Bering Strait.
Since the Soviet collapse, Russia has been fighting against massive
illegal immigration from former Soviet Central Asian republics, as well
as a huge inflow of heroin from Afghanistan that kills dozens of
thousands of Russians every year.
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