Ex-KGB head Leonid Shebarshin dies at age 77
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Soviet Union's for a day, has apparently killed himself. He celebrated his 77th birthday earlier this week., a retired senior spy who headed the former
That year saw a coup by figures including the KGB's leaderagainst Soviet leader . When the coup failed, Shebarshin was appointed Kryuchkov's interim replacement on August 22. The next day, he was replaced in that role and resigned soon after. The Soviet Union collapsed later that year.
Shebarshin is believed to have left a suicide note before killing himself with a shot to the head from the pistol he was gifted upon retirement, according to media and the local Investigative Committee. His body was found at his Moscow apartment Friday. The gun was nearby.
Shebarshin's wife has been dead for several years. He is thought to have lived alone in his city centre apartment.
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