Russian diplomat found dead near Berlin embassy in what Moscow calls a ‘tragic accident’


A Russian diplomat has died in Berlin in what the Russian Embassy on Friday called a “tragic accident.”

It said the incident involving the embassy employee occurred on Oct. 19, but gave no details of what happened.

The Russian Embassy issued its statement after German news magazine Der Spiegel, which didn’t name sources, reported a 35-year-old man had apparently fallen from an upper floor of the embassy building in central Berlin. It said police found his body outside the embassy and were unable to revive him.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry said Friday it was aware of the case but could not comment, citing privacy reasons. Berlin police and the public prosecutor’s office also declined to comment.

The Russian Embassy said that “all the procedures related to repatriating the diplomat’s body … were promptly settled with responsible German law enforcement and medical authorities in accordance with current practices.”

The Russian flag flies over the Russian Embassy in Berlin on Friday. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Der Spiegel reported that the man had been listed as a second secretary at the Russian Embassy since 2019, but said that German security authorities allegedly thought he worked for Russia’s FSB intelligence agency.

The embassy statement said that “we consider speculations which have appeared in a number of Western media in the light of this tragic event to be absolutely incorrect.”

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