On November 21st, Igor Korobov, the head of the Russian military intelligence agency (often referred to as the GRU) died at the age of 62 as a result of a serious and long illness.
His death was announced in a statement by Russia’s Ministry of Defense.
“The ministry statement said: “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. 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.”
— TASS (@tassagency_en) November 21, 2018
Igor Korobov was born on 3 November 1956. He started serving in the military in 1973. He graduated from the Stavropol Higher Military Aviation Schoold of Pilots and Navigators of the Air Defense Forces, Military Academy of the Soviet Army and Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, TASS reported.
He worked in military intelligence since 1985 and assumed various positions in the Main Directorate. He spoke several foreign languages. Over his long military service, he received numerous awards and medals.
Korobov became the head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces in 2016, when he was appointed by a presidential decree. He was became the target of US sanctions in the same year for “acts for or on behalf of the GRU.”
Unsurprisingly, British media lost no time to tie Korobov’s death to the failed alleged assassination attempt of Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
“It comes after the GRU chief, 63, was reported to be in sudden “ill health” after a confrontation with Vladimir Putin in October over the Salisbury poisoning,” not even correctly pointing out his age correctly.
According to this very version, after the “independent investigative website” Belingcat reported that the two suspects of the Skripal attack were alleged GRU agents, the complicated plot had failed entirely, thus Korobov brought great shame to his leader and “evil mastermind” Vladimir Putin.
Korobov took over from Gen Igor Sergun, who died of a heart attack at the age of the 58. Michael Carpenter, a Russia adviser for Barack Obama’s administration, tweeted: “His predecessor died in 2016 of a heart attack. Life expectancy for incumbents of this job is pretty low, but then so is the median life expectancy in Russia.”
Russian media reporting the head of the GRU, Igor Korobov, has died after fighting an illness. His predecessor died in 2016 of a heart attack. Life expectancy for incumbents of this job is pretty low, but then so is the median life expectancy in Russia. https://t.co/SlLLW2DIxk
— Michael Carpenter (@mikercarpenter) November 22, 2018
The GRU has been in the center of mainstream media hysteria since March, especially in British media. Since then the GRU has been accused of various types of misconduct, including the alleged Skripal poisoning, attempting to hack the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Netherlands, among others.
Furthermore, Belingcat after thorough “database research” and “investigation” based on multiple anonymous sources revealed 305 other individuals allegedly working for the Russian intelligence agency.
It stands to show how much the hysteria of presumed Russian aggression and spy games has taken over mainstream media if even the death of a person due to a disease is openly celebrated and is part of a conspiracy.