Igor Korobov

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Igor Korobov
Игорь Коробов
Igor Korobov (2017).jpg
Director of Russian Military Intelligence
Assumed office
2 February 2016
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
Preceded by Igor Sergun
Personal details
Born (1956-08-03) 3 August 1956 (age 62)
Military service
Rank Colonel General

Colonel general Igor Valentinovich Korobov (born 3 August 1956) is the current Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the Russian Federation and Hero of the Russian Federation (2017).

Early life[edit]

Igor Korobov was born on 3 August 1956.[1][2] In 1977, Korobov graduated with honors from the Stavropol Higher Military Aviation School for Pilots and Navigators, North Caucasus Military District, as an officer in the Soviet Air Forces.[3][2]


Korobov served as head of the Strategic Intelligence Directorate (Upravlenie strategicheskoi razvedky).[4][5] He was promoted to head of GRU following the death of Igor Sergun in 2016.[6][7]

On 29 December 2016, Korobov was one of the individuals sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury for "malicious cyber-enabled activities" threatening the national security of the United States.[1][8] Nevertheless, he officially visited the U.S., along with other Russia′s top security chiefs, at the end of January 2018.[9]


  1. ^ a b Office of Foreign Assets Control (December 29, 2016). "Issuance of Amended Executive Order 13694; Cyber-Related Sanctions Designations". United States Department of the Treasury. Archived from the original on December 29, 2016. KOROBOV, Igor (a.k.a. KOROBOV, Igor Valentinovich); DOB 03 Aug 1956; nationality Russia; Passport 100119726 (Russia); alt. Passport 100115101 (Russia); Chief of GRU (individual) [CYBER2] (Linked To: MAIN INTELLIGENCE DIRECTORATE). 
  2. ^ a b "Коробов Игорь Валентинович" (in Russian). Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. Archived from the original on December 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Новый начальник ГРУ: штрихи к портрету" (in Russian). LiveJournal. February 7, 2016. Archived from the original on December 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jones, Bruce (February 4, 2016). "New Russian military intelligence chief appointed". Jane's Defence Weekly. Archived from the original on December 29, 2016. The appointment comes one month after the sudden death of Lt Gen Korobov's predecessor at the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye), General Igor Dmitrievich Sergun. Prior to the appointment, Lt Gen Korobov was a first deputy director within the organisation, responsible for strategic intelligence. He also acted as caretaker leader after Gen Sergun's death. 
  5. ^ Galeotti, Mark (February 9, 2016). "What Putin's Security Appointments Say About How Russia Works". War on the Rocks. Archived from the original on December 29, 2016. From the first, it was clear that all the main stakeholders — Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Chief of the General Staff Valeri Gerasimov, and the GRU hierarchy itself — favored the promotion of one of Sergun’s depties: Vyacheslav Kondrashev, Sergei Sizunov, Igor Lelin, and Igor Korobov. Of them all, Korobov, head of the Strategic Intelligence Directorate (USR: Upravlenie strategicheskoi razvedky) was clearly the front-runner. 
  6. ^ "Putin Names Korobov As New Military Intelligence Chief". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. February 2, 2016. Archived from the original on December 29, 2016. President Vladimir Putin has appointed Lieutenant General Igor Korobov to head the Russian military intelligence agency, known as the GRU, following the death of his predecessor in early January. 
  7. ^ Lee, Carol E.; Sonne, Paul (December 29, 2016). "U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Election Hacking; Russia Threatens to Retaliate". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 29, 2016. The U.S. sanctions include GRU General Lieutenant Igor Korobov, who took over as Russia’s military intelligence chief early this year after his predecessor died while on the job. 
  8. ^ Sanger, David E. "Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2016. Mr. Obama used that order to immediately impose sanctions on four Russian intelligence officials: Igor Valentinovich Korobov, the current chief of a military intelligence agency, the G.R.U., and three deputies: Sergey Aleksandrovich Gizunov, the deputy chief of the G.R.U.; Igor Olegovich Kostyukov, a first deputy chief, and Vladimir Stepanovich Alekseyev, also a first deputy chief of the G.R.U. 
  9. ^ US suspends sanctions against Russian security chiefs during their visit to Washington TASS, 2 February 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Igor Sergun
GRU Chief
February 2, 2016–present