The top of Russian army intelligence has died on the age of 62, Russian state information companies reported Thursday.
Igor Korobov, who led Russia’s Major Directorate of the Basic Employees of the Armed Forces, also known as the GRU, died on Wednesday “after an extended and grave sickness,” the TASS information company reported.
“Defence Minister Basic of the Military Sergei Shoigu on behalf Russian Defence Ministry expresses condolences over dying of Head of the Major Directorate of the Basic Employees Colonel Basic Igor Korobov,” Russia’s Protection Ministry mentioned in a press release.
The ministry added in a press release reported by The Guardian: “The reminiscence of a beautiful particular person, a real son of Russia, a patriot of the Fatherland Colonel Basic Korobov Igor Valentinovich will eternally stay in our hearts. We categorical condolences to his household and associates.”
Korobov joined the Russian army in 1973 and had labored in army intelligence since 1985 in varied positions, in accordance with the Protection Ministry.
He was appointed in early 2016 by Russian President Vladimir Putin to take over the GRU following the dying of his predecessor on the helm of army intelligence, Igor Sergun, who died on the age of 58.
Korobov was additionally among the many Russian intelligence officers sanctioned by the Obama administration in December 2016 when the U.S. expelled 35 Russian operatives and introduced different retaliatory measures in response to a hacking marketing campaign from Russia throughout the U.S. presidential election that yr.
Britain has mentioned it believes the GRU orchestrated the nerve-agent assault in opposition to former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England, earlier this yr, which Russia has denied.
Vice Admiral Igor Kostyukov, the primary deputy head of the GRU, has been tapped because the intelligence company’s appearing head, TASS reported, citing a Protection Ministry supply.