The head of the Russian military’s main intelligence agency died

Igor Korobov, the head of the Russian military’s main intelligence agency, died after a prolonged illness, the state-run Tass news service reported, citing a Defense Ministry statement.

Igor Korobov, 62, who ran the spy agency since 2016 and had received the award Hero of Russia for his service in the position, has died after a long and serious illness.

The service, shortened as GRU, has been blamed by the UK of trying to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent.

The Netherlands have accused it of attempts to hack the global chemical weapons control organisation and U.S. intelligence agencies blame it for attempts to hack the 2016 presidential election.

The Kremlin has denied all of these accusations.

President Vladimir Putin, celebrating the agency’s 100th anniversary earlier this month, said nothing of the recent publicity and called on the service to return to its Soviet-era name, the Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU.

Korobov, who had served in military intelligence since 1985, was named head of the service after the death of his predecessor, Igor Sergun, in 2016, at the age of 58.

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