The head of Russian military intelligence, the organisation accused of being behind the Salisbury novichok poisonings, has died.
General Colonel Igor Korobov had been in charge of the GRU since 2016, the culmination of a 33-year career in military intelligence.
Sky News reports that his death at the age of 63 was revealed by a Russian defence ministry source to the state-backed news agency Tass. It said that he had died after a “serious illness”.
“The leadership of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation, General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GSA) and Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation inform with great sadness that on 21 November 2018, after a serious and long illness, head of the (GRU), Deputy Chief of the GSA Colonel General Korobov Igor Valentinovich passed away at the age of 63,” a statement said.
“The memory of a wonderful person, a true son of Russia, a patriot of the Fatherland Colonel General Korobov Igor Valentinovich will forever remain in our hearts. We express condolences to his family and friends.”