Russian security agency to build another building in Murmansk

FSB headquarters on Lenin Prospekt in Murmansk, northwest Russia. (Thomas Nilsen / The Independent Barents Observer)
The decision to build one more office complex for the security service comes only three years after the Stalin-styled new headquarters opened.

1,25 billion rubles (€18 million) is allocated in the Federal budget for a new building to house FSB’s border guard service for the Murmansk region, the local Murmansk Oblast News and other media reports on Wednesday. The new building will be erected within 25 months, but its location is not yet known.

In July 2016, FSB moved in to its new 15,000 square meters large headquarters on Lenin Prospekt in central Murmansk after sharing building further down the avenue with the regional police for decades.

FSB Border Guards officers of the Murmansk region. (Thomas Nilsen / The Independent Barents Observer)

FSB border guards are in charge of both the Kola Peninsula’s land border to Norway and Finland, as well as the Coast Guard service of the Barents Sea and western Arctic.

In Soviet times, the border guard service was part of NKVD / KGB. In 1993, President Boris Yeltsin  made it a separate government agency. Vladimir Putin, however, again changed the border guards to be a part of the Federal Security Service, FSB.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: An open door to reconciliation: inside Ottawa’s new Indigenous Peoples building, CBC News

Finland: Murmansk supports building new road connection to Finland, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: Russia-Norway cross-border traffic up 20 per cent, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Mushers from Russia’s Arctic Brigade practice dog sledding along Finnish border, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden-Russia relations hit new low after diplomats expelled, Radio Sweden

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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