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Russian Military Intelligence Chief Dies After Long Illness

Moscow (November 22, 2018): The head of the Russian military intelligence agency linked to a series of notorious operations abroad has died after a long illness, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

Igor Korobov, 62, had headed the military’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) since 2016 and was the target of US sanctions.

He died on Wednesday from a “long and serious illness,” the ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

“The dear memory of this great man, a faithful Russian son and a patriot of the Motherland… will remain forever in our hearts,” the ministry said.

His successor has yet to be announced.

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