Russia’s spy chief dead at 62

MOSCOW, Nov 22, 2018, Reuters. The chief of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency Igor Korobov has died, Russian news agencies reported, citing the Defence Ministry, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

Igor Korobov who led Russia’s military intelligence agency, GRU.
Igor Korobov who led Russia’s military intelligence agency, GRU.CREDIT:MIL/CC

The West has blamed GRU for a string of brazen attacks. Britain has accused it of attempting to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

The Netherlands believes the agency has tried to hack the global chemical weapons watchdog, and US intelligence agencies said GRU was behind attempts to hack the 2016 US presidential election.

Russia denies all those allegations.

The ministry called Korobov, 62, who ran the spy agency since 2016, “a wonderful person, a faithful son of Russia and a patriot of his homeland.” It did not give further details about his death.

Korobov along with other GRU officers was sanctioned by the United States for activities that “undermine cybersecurity on behalf of the Russian government.”

Korobov died on Wednesday after “a serious and long illness”, the ministry said. He had not been seen in public for months.

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