State Border Service of Turkmenistan

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State Border Guard Service of Turkmenistan
Türkmenistan Döwlet serhet gullugy
Государственная Пограничная Служба
Turkmenistan police patch.jpg
Emblem of the State Border Guard Service
Public Service overview
FormedAugust 11, 1992 (1992-08-11)
Preceding Public Service
JurisdictionNational Security Committee of Turkmenistan
Public Service executive
  • Colonel Shadurdi Durdiev[1], Chief of the DSG

The State Border Guard Service (SBS) (Turkmen: Döwlet Serhet Gullugy, DSG; Russian: Государственная пограничная служба, ГПС) also commonly known by its paramilitary force as the Turkmen Border Troops (Turkmen: Türkmenistan Serhet Garawul; Russian: Туркменские пограничные войска) is a border guard agency of the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan. It is currently a Public Service department of the government of the country and is under the command of the National Security Committee of Turkmenistan.


The service was established on August 11, 1992 by order of President Saparmurat Niyazov, on the basis of the Soviet Border Troops in the Turkestan Military District.[2] It cooperated with Russian border guards who remained in country until 1999 as a result of a joint Russian-Turkmen agreement on the protection of the state border of Turkmenistan, which was signed in 1993. It slowly evolved to meet the standards of its counterparts, with the DSG being allowed to inspect goods and other items transported across the border of Turkmenistan in April 1998. At the end of 2001, 3 new border detachments were created, with 2 (in Kushka and Köýtendag), being intensified the cover of the Afghan border to prevent Taliban fighters from taking refuge in the country during the War in Afghanistan. Recently, the service created a separate naval border patrol division stationed in Turkmenbashi.[3]


The main tasks of the service include the following:

The head of the service is a member of the Council of Border Guard Commanders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).[4]


  • 1992-1999 - Colonel-General Akmurad Kabulov[5]
  • 1999 - 2002 - Major-General Tirkish Tyrmyev
  • 2002 - 2003 - Major-General Agageldi Mammetgeldiyev (nicknamed, the Grey Cardinal[6])
  • 2003 - Major-General Annageldy Gummanov
  • 2003 - 2004 - Major-General Annaur Atzhanov
  • 2004 - 2006 - Lieutenant-General Orazberdy Soltanov[7]
  • 2006 - 2009 - Major-General Bayram Alovov
  • 2009 - 2012 - Lieutenant-General Myrat Islamov
  • 2012 - 2013 - Major-General Aman Garayev
  • 2013 - 2016 - Lieutenant-General Myrat Islamov
  • 2016 - 2018 - Major General Begench Gundogdyev[8]
  • 2018 – present - Colonel Shadurdi Durdiev

See also[edit]


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  6. ^ "Exit Of 'Gray Cardinal' Could Be Turkmen Milestone". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  7. ^ Commander of the border troops of Turkmenistan was dismissed for drunkenness
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