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Colonel General Igor Valentinovich Korobov

NBC is reporting that Head of Russian spy agency accused of U.S. election hack, U.K. spy poisoning dies

MOSCOW — The head of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency that the West has blamed for a string of brazen attacks died on Wednesday after “a serious and long illness,” the Russian defense ministry said.

State news agency TASS cited the ministry as saying Igor Korobov, 62, who ran the spy agency since 2016, had been made a Hero of Russia for his service in the post, the highest state award.

“A serious and long illness” is cancer to the rest of the world. Now it is very possible that Korobov died of cancer. Just because his organization was identified in two of the most embarrassing episodes in recent Russian spycraft does not mean he was “encouraged to die”. His predecessor died at 58, under unspecified circumstances. It’s a tough job with a tough boss.

I do wonder what moron decided that class pictures from “spy school” was something that needed to be on the Internet. That’s how the two GRU agents involved in the UK poisoning case were IDed. That is beyond embarrassing.

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