Igor Kostyukov was appointed the new head of the Chief Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (also known as Chief Intelligence Directorate or GRU, - 112 International). This was reported by the Interfax agency with reference to its source familiar with the situation.
“The appointment took place at the end of last week,” the source reported as saying.
According to Kommersant agency, Igor Kostyukov was born on February 21, 1961 in Russia’s Amur region. He received naval military education; later he graduated from the Military Diplomatic Academy (now it is called Military Academy of the Russian Defense Ministry).
After the studies, Kostyukov served in the line of military attaché and later in the GRU. He then became deputy head in this agency. Kostyukov directed an operation in Syria, as one of the leaders of military intelligence.
In December 2016 and in September 2018, he was included into the sanction list of the USA in connection with possible interference with the US elections of 2016.
In 2017, Kostyukov was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation for “courage and heroism during the performance of military duty.” He was also rewared with the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" of Fourth Class, the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky and some others.
As it was reported earlier, the head of the GRU, Igor Korobkov has died.
Korobkov was appointed the head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff in January 2016, after its previous Head Igor Sergun died. Before that, Korobkov led a strategic intelligence as First Deputy Head of Russian Armed Forces (GRU).
In 2016, Korobkov was included in the U.S. sanctions list for “wilful acts” connected with cyber-threats of the U.S. national security. Besides, he provides an overall direction of Russian military intelligence officers within the military operation of Russians in Syria.