Russia military spy chief resignsApril 25th, 2009 - 8:33 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, April 25 (RIA Novosti) Russia’s chief of military intelligence General Valentin Korabelnikov was relieved of his post after handing in his notice, an official said.
President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree Friday appointing Korabelnikov’s first deputy, Lt. Gen. Alexander Shlyakhturov, as the new military intelligence (GRU) chief and deputy chief of the General Staff, a defence ministry spokesman said.
“Valentin Korabelnikov had submitted a resignation request and it has been approved,” the official said.
A highly placed official in the defence ministry said Korabelnikov had been appointed advisor to the chief of the General Staff in a civilian capacity.
The compulsory retirement age for senior officers in the Russian Armed Forces is 60. However, Korabelnikov’s contract was earlier extended for three years. He turned 63 in January.
Media reports earlier claimed that Korabelnikov, who has led GRU since May 1997, had tendered his resignation over objections to a proposed reform of the body, but Russian military officials dismissed the rumors, saying the general would keep his post for another two years.
GRU is Russia’s largest intelligence agency. It gathers human intelligence through military attaches and foreign agents. According to some sources, GRU has six times as many agents in foreign countries as the SVR, which is the KGB’s foreign intelligence wing.
- Russian military intelligence chief resigns - Dec 25, 2011
- Canada has not expelled diplomats: Russia - Jan 21, 2012
- Top KGB defector claims Lib Dem aide was Russia's best spy in 30-yrs - Dec 13, 2010
- Anna Chapman's Traitor, Colonel Scherbakov, Being Hunted By Russia - Nov 12, 2010
- Russian general found dead on Turkey beach - Sep 01, 2010
- Report: Anna Chapman's father may have had Kremlin connections - Jul 11, 2010
- Chapman's call to her father forced US to arrest, deport 10 Russian spies - Jul 12, 2010
- Russian military chief visits US - Jul 10, 2012
- FBI Arrests 10 Ordinary Americans For Being Russian Agents - Jun 29, 2010
- UK MP's Russian 'spy' assistant offered Kremlin TV role - Feb 14, 2011
- Ukraine to extradite Putin murder plotter - Aug 15, 2012
- Medvedev replaces Russian Navy commander - May 07, 2012
- Russian Spy case: SVR connection surfaces - Jul 02, 2010
- Russia, Britain to improve military cooperation - Jul 20, 2011
- Russia's chief investigator dismisses fraud charges - Jul 28, 2012
Tags: compulsory retirement age, defence ministry spokesman, deputy chief, dmitry medvedev, foreign countries, general staff, human intelligence, intelligence agency, intelligence wing, kgb, military intelligence, military spy, objections, resignation, ria novosti russia, russian military officials, six times, spy chief, svr, valentin