On May 28, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba gave a speech at a festive rally on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the border control of the FSB of the Russian Federation which took place on the Pogranichnikov (“Frontier guard”) Alley in Sukhum.
Dear border guards! Dear officers!
The history of the border control of the Russian Federation is a truly unique record of military feats, courage and high professionalism which was demonstrated by those who defended the borders of the Fatherland for a hundred years.
The main tasks of the border control have been and continue to be the implementation of the state border policy, the fight against organised crime, smuggling, illegal migration, illegal circulation of weapons and drugs and other functions.
An Agreement from April 30, 2009, occupies a special place in the modern history of the Republic of Abkhazia whose independence was recognised by the Russian Federation in 2008. On that day, the Presidents of Russia and Abkhazia signed an Agreement on joint efforts to defend the state border of the Republic of Abkhazia. To carry out this strategically important task, the Border Control of the FSB of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Abkhazia was created. It started to protect a section of the state border which was more than 365 km long. While defending our state borders, the employees of the Border Control of the FSB of the Russian Federation, in close cooperation with the State Security Service of the Republic of Abkhazia and other law enforcement bodies, reliably ensure the territorial integrity of our country and the inviolability of its borders.
Valiant Russian and Abkhazian border guards counteract any attempt at aggression and terrorism. We are proud of the fact that the border guards of Abkhazia, who received combat training in the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia and in the difficult post-war years, today faithfully serve the task of training the young defenders of the Homeland together with military friends from friendly Russia.
Your courage, endurance and professionalism deserve universal respect.
I would like to sincerely congratulate you on the day of the border guard and on the significant date – the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the border control. I wish you an excellent service, high combat readiness, peace, tranquillity and prosperity on the blessed Abkhazian land!