“On November 21, 2018, the Head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Igor Korobkov died at the age of 63, after a serious and long illness,” the message says.
He 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 Russian in Syria.