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Istanbul - Top Russian Spy's Body Washes Up In Turkey 'After Swimming Accident'

Published on: September 1, 2010 08:18 PM
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Istanbul, Turkey - The body of one of Russia’s top spies has washed up on the Turkish coast after he disappeared close to a sensitive Russian naval facility in neighbouring Syria.

Major-General Yuri Ivanov, 52, was the deputy head of Russia’s foreign military intelligence arm, known as the GRU and thought to operate the biggest network of foreign spies among all of Russia’s clandestine intelligence services.

His badly decomposed body was found earlier this month.

The circumstances of his death have fuelled theories that he may have been murdered in Syria and his body thrown into the Mediterranean.


The Kremlin says he was on holiday in Syria and died in a tragic swimming accident.

However, other reports have suggested he was on official business and disappeared near a strategically vital Russian naval facility in Syria’s Tartus port, which is being upgraded to service ships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

The facility is Russia’s only foothold in the Mediterranean Sea and Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, is known to be concerned that Moscow will use the upgraded facility as a base for spy ships and electronic espionage directed at the Middle East.

The port is also close to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, a terminal for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline which is seen as a lifeline for Georgia, against whom Russia fought a short war in 2008.

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Read Comments (4)  —  Post Yours »


 Sep 01, 2010 at 11:59 PM cynic Says:

Looks like someone needs a refresher course in using cement overshoes. Maybe some of the NJ Community Colleges could offer one.


 Sep 02, 2010 at 01:28 AM BaalMussar Says:

Why is it that no Russian ever dies of natural causes?


 Sep 02, 2010 at 01:46 PM kollelfaker Says:

this is their natural cause a head cold ear to ear


 Sep 02, 2010 at 04:19 PM Askupeh Says:

With whom is Russia at war that they need to have a base in the Middle East? I thought that the Cold War was over.


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