The message reads, in part:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Igor Korobov, Hero of Russia, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and Head of the legendary Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).
He devoted his life to serving the Fatherland, protecting national interests and strengthening the security of our state and society. Everyone who knew Igor Korobov respected and highly appreciated him for his competence, willpower and courage, honesty and decency, and loyalty to the oath and officer's duty.”
Igor Korobov passed away on November 21 at the age of 62 after a severe and prolonged illness.