Two years after his predecessor died under unclear circumstances, Igor Korobov, head of Russian military intelligence (GRU), has died, as accusations mount that his agency was behind attacks on Western democracies.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Korobov, 62, died Wednesday after a "serious and long illness." Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called the air force general a "faithful son of Russia" and "patriot of the fatherland." He is survived by his wife and two daughters, according to the TASS news agency.
Though Korobov was hardly a household name even in Russia, in 2016, the U.S. Treasury put him on a sanctions list for "significant malicious cyber-enabled activities." Yet those restrictions didn't stop Korobov from traveling to Washington with other top Russian security officials for secret talks in January, as reported by the Washington Post.
Korobov took charge of the GRU in January 2016 after his predecessor, Igor Sergun, died at age 58 under unclear circumstances. His death first became public after the Kremlin published Putin's condolences to Sergun's family.