Russian Guards Ordered To Smile More

MOSCOW -- Russian border guards are under new orders to wipe those scowls off their faces and smile more.

Vadim Shibayev, spokesman for the Russian Federal Security Service, said the directive was issued after complaints about surly and rude guards, the Interfax-Military News Agency reported.

"As individuals and transport vehicles cross the state border, special attention will be paid to treating passengers very politely and to preventing callous and rude behavior," Shibayev was quoted as saying.

The directive includes an order to smile more, Interfax said.