Named the new chief of the GRU

Named the new chief of the GRU

The acting chief of the General staff (GSH GU, better known as GRU) of the armed forces appointed Vice-Admiral Igor Kostyukov. On Thursday, November 22, three sources close to the defense Ministry, told RBC.


Kostyukov previously held the position of first Deputy chief of GRU. The post of head of intelligence was released after the death 21 Nov of Igor Korobov.

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“Kostyukov was acting on the basis of the order of the Minister of defense during disease Korobov. The question of appointing his successor Korobov by his decree the President decides,” — said the interlocutor of the edition close to the leadership of the General staff.

Close to the Central apparatus of the defense Ministry source confirmed this and said that Kostyukov is considered the most likely candidate for the post of head of Department.

According to RBC, a graduate of the Military diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of defense Igor Kostyukov was born on 21 February 1961. At the end of a military Academy, he served in the military of atasata, then in the Main intelligence Directorate, took part in the leadership of the military operation in the Syrian Arab Republic. Decree of the President Kostyukov in 2017 was awarded the title of Hero of Russia.

Earlier on 22 November it was reported that on 63-m to year of life died the head of state General staff of armed forces of Russia the General-Colonel Igor Korobov.

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