Russian diplomat connected to FSB intelligence 'found dead in Berlin'

Russian diplomat connected to FSB intelligence is found dead ‘after falling from upper window of Berlin embassy’

  • 35-year-old man found dead outside Russian embassy in Berlin on October 19 
  • He was found at 7.20am by guards who called medics, but could not save him 
  • It is thought he fell to his death but the embassy refused an autopsy so no official cause of death was given and German prosecutors have no power to investigate
  • Officially he was a diplomat, but German security sources link him to the FSB 

A Russian diplomat thought to have connections to the Kremlin’s FSB spy agency has been found dead outside the country’s embassy in Berlin.

The 35-year-old, who served as the second secretary of the embassy since 2019, was found lifeless outside the building on October 19 around 7.20am by guards, with news of his death first published today.

Medics were rushed to the scene but were unable to revive the man. He is believed to have fallen from the top floor of the building in what the embassy described today as a ‘tragic accident’.  

A 35-year-old man was found dead on the pavement outside the Russia embassy in Berlin around 7.20am on October 19, having apparently fallen from the upper floor (file image)

But no official cause of death has been established because the embassy refused an autopsy. Because the man was a diplomat on embassy grounds, the public prosecutor has no authority to carry out an investigation.

The diplomat’s body was returned to Russia the following day according to Der Spiegel, which was first to report the news.

Germany’s foreign ministry has confirmed the death after the news became public, but said it would not comment further due to ‘privacy reasons’. 

More to follow… 

No official cause of death has been given because the embassy, in central Berlin, refused an autopsy and German prosecutors have no authority to investigate

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