MOSCOW - Russia's military intelligence chief has left his post after less than three years at the helm of the country's biggest spying agency to join a company that develops nuclear missiles, Kommersant newspaper reported on Saturday, citing sources.
Kommersant said General Alexander Shlyakhturov, who was appointed by President Dmitry Medvedev in April 2009, had left his post as head of GRU military intelligence service to head the board of OAO Korporatsiya MIT, which develops missiles.Russian military intelligence service, known by its Russian acronym GRU, is Russia's biggest spy agency with agents spread across the globe. It is so secretive that it does not have a spokesman or website. The Defence Ministry declined to comment.
Kommersant did not give a reason for Shlyakhturov's departure from GRU and it was not immediately clear if he had resigned or was merely being moved to keep a closer eye on the development of Russia's nuclear missiles, the cornerstone of Russia's defense capability.