Igor Korobov worked in military intelligence since 1985 and held different positions in the General Directorate, until his appointment as head of the GRU in 2016
The director of the Russian military intelligence agency – GRU , Igor Korobov , died on Wednesday aged 63 due to a “serious illness,” a Defense Ministry source was quoted as saying by the Tass news agency.
Korobov worked in military intelligence since 1985 and held various positions in the General Directorate, until his appointment as head of the GRU in 2016 by a presidential decree, the Russian agency added .
As head of the GRU , Korobov was sanctioned last March 15 by the government of US President Donald Trump, along with twelve other people, for the attempt of interference by Russia in the presidential elections of 2016.
The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on more than a score of Russian people and entities that tried to interfere in the elections with cyberattacks, and also accused the Kremlin of launching a cyberattack against the US grid.
According to the US, “the GRU was directly involved in the interference in the 2016 elections through cyber attacks and was directly responsible for the NotPetya cyberattack,” the then senior US officials explained.
Korobov and his deputy director until 2017, Sergey Gizunov, had already been sanctioned in December 2016 by then-US President Barack Obama (2009-2017), in which it was Washington’s first retaliation for the alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections held a month earlier.