Soviet Foreign Intelligence Chief Resigns From His Post
Sep. 21, 1991
MOSCOW (AP) _ Lt. Gen. Leonid V. Shebarshin, who was chief of the KGB for 24 hours immediately following last month's coup, has resigned his post as the agency's chief of foreign intelligence, according to news reports.
Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper said Friday that Shebarshin, deputy KGB chairman and head of its First Directorate, responsible for foreign intelligence, submitted his resignation.
The paper said it appeared Shebarshin was unhappy over what he believed were political appointments by the new director of the KGB, Vadim Bakatin. The new first deputy chairman, Maj. Gen. Nikolai Stolyarov, is a friend of the Russian republic's vice president, Alexander Rutskoi.
A KGB spokesman, Aleksei Kandaurov, said he couldn't confirm or deny that Shebarshin had departed. Komsomolskaya Pravda said he resigned Thursday.
The 56-year-old Shebarshin was named acting chairman of the KGB on Aug. 22, replacing Vladimir Kryuchkov, who was arrested along with other plotters of the Aug. 19-21 coup. Bakatin was named to replace him Aug. 23.