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No other details were given about the new head of the GRU, an organisation so secretive it has neither a spokesman nor a website.

The state-run newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta described Sergun as a career spy and cited sources as saying he had served as deputy to the outgoing GRU chief Alexander Shlyakhturov.

Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Interfax that Shlyakhturov, 64, was removed after reaching retirement age for military servicemen.

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