The Chief of GRU Igor Sergun has died

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The Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Igor Sergun died. This was said in a telegram of condolences published on the website of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Igor Sergun was appointed the head of the GRU – Deputy Chief of the General Staff on December 26, 2011. His predecessor Alexander Shlyakhturov was discharged due to reaching the age limit for military service.

On August 31, 2012 Sergun was awarded the rank of lieutenant-general, and on February 21, 2015 – the rank of colonel-general.

According to Sergun’s biography on the website the Ministry of Defence, he was born on March 28th, 1957. He graduated from the Moscow Suvorov Military School, the Moscow Higher Military Command School named after the Supreme Soviet, the Military Academy of the Soviet Army, and the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.

In 1984 Sergun enlisted in military intelligence. According to Interfax, in 1998 he held the rank of colonel and worked as a military attache of Russia in the capital of Albania.

The deceased general has left a widow and two daughters.

Source: RBC

 

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