“Curiouser and curiouser,” said the Cheshire Cat.
Courtesy of The Guardian:
The head of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, has died after a “serious and long illness”, the Kremlin has announced.
The defence ministry said General Colonel Igor Korobov, 62, who has run the spy agency since 2016, was “a wonderful person, a faithful son of Russia and a patriot of his homeland.” It did not give further details about his death.
The agency is believed to be Russia’s largest foreign intelligence outfit, and stands accused over the Novichok attack in Salisbury that targeted former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The attempt, notable for its blunders, has strained ties between Russia and the UK.
The ministry statement said: “The leadership of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation, General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GSA) and Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation inform with great sadness that on 21 November 2018, after a serious and long illness, head of the (GRU), deputy chief of the GSA Colonel General Korobov Igor Valentinovich passed away at the age of 63.”
“The memory of a wonderful person, a true son of Russia, a patriot of the Fatherland Colonel General Korobov Igor Valentinovich will forever remain in our hearts. We express condolences to his family and friends.”
Now people die, that’s a fact, but here is the odd thing about this particular death.
It followed a “long” illness, and that illness started after a meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Courtesy of the Daily Mail:
President Vladimir Putin personally gave a dressing down to the head of Russian spy agency GRU over ‘deep incompetence’ shown in the Salisbury poisonings and other international operations.
GRU chief Col-Gen Igor Korobov, 62, reportedly emerged shaken and in sudden ‘ill health’ after his confrontation with the furious Russian president.
Korobov’s telling off came as the second Salisbury suspect was named as a GRU doctor, who gave himself away by using his first name and real date of birth on his fake identity passport.
Dr Alexander Mishkin’s false identification papers also listed GRU headquarters in Moscow as his home address.
The identification of the novichok poisoning spook came as Russian Defence Ministry officials reportedly met with senior GRU staff to blast them over the agency’s recent foreign operations.
The secret meeting on Saturday reportedly heard furious accusations over the ‘morons’ behind missions in Britain, the Netherlands and the US.
So Putin was angry at how clumsy the attempted murder on a political enemy was carried out, and then after screaming at the guy in charge, that guy gets sick, suffers for a while, and then drops dead.
There will, of course, be no official autopsy publicized because fuck you rest of the world.
However, if there were an autopsy performed, I would bet my house that there might have been a little of this poison found in his system.
Did that doctor really sign his first name and give the GRU headquarters as his home address on his fake ID?
Damn, now that guy kind of deserves to be poisoned.