Igor Sergun

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Igor Sergun
Игорь Дмитриевич Сергун
Игорь Сергун.jpg
Director of Russian Military Intelligence
In office
26 December 2011 – 3 January 2016
Prime MinisterVladimir Putin
Preceded byAlexander Shlyakhturov
Succeeded byIgor Korobov
Personal details
Born
Igor Dmitrievich Sergun

(1957-03-28)28 March 1957
Podolsk, Soviet Union
Died3 January 2016(2016-01-03) (aged 58)
Moscow, Russia
AwardsOrder of Military Merit
Order of Honour
Medal for Battle Merit
Medal "In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow"
Jubilee Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Jubilee Medal "70 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR"
Medal "For Impeccable Service"
Military service
AllegianceRussia Russia
Branch/serviceArmed Forces of the Russian Federation
Years of service1973–2016
RankColonel General
Battles/warsCold War
First Chechen War
Kosovo War
Second Chechen War

General Igor Dmitrievich Sergun (28 March 1957 – 3 January 2016) was a Russian military officer. He was Director of the GRU, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, since December 26, 2011.[1][2]

He worked in military intelligence since 1984, and served in various positions in the Main Intelligence Directorate. He speaks several foreign languages and was awarded state awards. In 1998 as a colonel, he served as a RF Military Attaché in Tirana, Albania. In December 2011, he was appointed as Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.[3]

Sergun died suddenly on 3 January 2016 in Moscow of a heart attack at the age of 58.[4][5][6] However many outside of Russia believe that Sergun was killed in a secret mission in Lebanon.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Official biography of the Chief of the New Russian Military Intelligence, Igor Sergun" Archived 2015-10-04 at the Wayback Machine, official website of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
  2. Voice of America, Russia Names New GRU Chief, January 2012
  3. RIA Novosti Col. Gen. Alexander Shlyakhturov has retired as chief of Russia’s military intelligence agency and handed over his duties to Maj. Gen. Igor Sergun Archived 2012-01-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Sonne, Paul. "Russia's Director of Military Intelligence Dies Unexpectedly". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  5. "Путин выразил соболезнования в связи со смертью начальника ГРУ Сергуна" (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  6. "Russian GRU military spy chief Igor Sergun dies". BBC News Online. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. Начальник ГРУ Сергун умер в Ливане, сказал бывший советник Трампа на допросе в ФБР BBC, 18 December 2018.