Over $500 million to be spent for reinforcement of Russia’s borders in the North Caucasus

The modernization of Russia’s borders in the North Caucasus would cost the country about 1,5 billion rubles, chief of the FSB frontier service colonel general Vladimir Pronichev has said in his recent interview with “The Independent military review” colonel general Vladimir Pronichev.

According to the reinforcement plan there will be 72 bases, nine command headquarters of borders troops and training center in Stavropol built by the end of 2006, Mr. Pronichev said.

He added that this year alone the Russian border troops command decided not to draft six thousand conscripted soldiers for military service. “Next year we intend to continue the reduction of compulsory enrollment for military service thus gradually making the border troops organized completely on a professional basis,” Mr. Pronichev was quoted as saying.

Caucasus Times

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