General Igor Korobov is the new chief of GRU

The new chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces was appointed Lieutenant-General Igor Korobov. His appointment has become official Tuesday (2016 February 2), according a press release of the Defence Ministry from Moscow.

Shoigu_Korobov”Russian Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has presented a personal standard to the new Chief of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Igor Korobov.

Lieutenant General Igor Korobov was appointed to the position of the Chief of the Main Directorate of the General Staff – Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces by a Decree of the President of the Russian Federation.”

The ceremony was held at the headquarters of the central board. On Friday, February 5, Korobov will take his new study.

Korobov’s predecessor, Igor Sergun, died on January 3 at the age of 58. He had held the position since 2011.

Last week, Russian mass-media wrote that late GRU Chief General-Colonel Igor Sergun’s successor will be one of the military intelligence directorate’s current deputy chiefs:  Vyacheslav Kondrashov, Sergey Gizunov, Igor Lelin, or Igor Korobov. Of the four officers, accidentally or not, about Korobov‘s career is known the less information. One thing is clear: Korobov is a top insider and will keep continuity in this important secret agency. The GRU bureaucracy fears about appointment of an outside chief (from the FSO or SVR) were groundless. Really groundless ?! I have some doubts because… there is an interesting move.

What about Dyumin ?

Speculation focused on name of Aleksey Dyumin (former Ground Forces Chief of Staff) was quickly turned up as a Deputy Minister of Defense appointment.  And, upss! … also today the President Putin appointed Alexei Dyumin Acting Governor of Tula Region until the newly elected Governor assumes office (after the resignation of Tula Region Governor Vladimir Gruzdev). Another Executive Order relieves Alexei Dyumin of his duties as Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Putin with Alexei Dyumin (left) and Vladimir Gruzdev at Novo-Ogaryovo residence

Vladimir Putin with Alexei Dyumin (left) and Vladimir Gruzdev at Novo-Ogaryovo residence

”Mr Dyumin, you know, just as we all do, that Tula and Tula Region is the nation’s armoury. Considering your previous job – I am referring to the time you were Acting Ground Forces Chief of Staff – you should understand the importance of this region.

Moreover, in your capacity as Deputy Defence Minister you are in charge of the department of construction, housing and property relations, the expert directorate and the Main Military Medical Directorate – in a word, things that are of great importance in civilian life as well. Therefore, I expect you to use your knowledge and experience at your new job and to gain the people’s trust. You should strive to use the real results of your work, which the people should be aware of in their everyday life, in order to win their votes in the future” said President Vladimir Putin to the new Acting Governor of Tula Region.


Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff – the central body of military intelligence in Russia. Created in 1918 under the name Registration Management Field Staff of the Revolutionary Military Council. We are dealing with all kinds of intelligence in the interest of the armed forces including intelligence electronic aerospace as well as reconnaissance and sabotage operations. In Soviet times it was one of the main centers of analysis of information on military-technical and military-industrial potential of the potential enemy.

Photo by credit Kremlin Press Service and Russian Ministry of Defence 

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