Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead in Khartoum

The Russian ambassador to Khartoum, who was found dead in his residence
Russian ambassador found dead in swimming pool
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25 August, 2017

Russia's ambassador to Sudan was found dead in a swimming pool at his residence in Khartoum, the fourth Russian envoy to die on the job over the a year ago.

It remains unclear what caused the 62-year-old diplomat to die.

Russia's foreign ministry confirmed the news in a statement carried by state media.

"He was found dead in the swimming pool of his residence at 7:05 pm (16:05 GMT)", police spokesperson Omar al-Mokhtar told AFP.

In a statement carried by Sudan's state-run SUNA news agency on Thursday, the Sudanese foreign ministry confirmed Shirinsky died in Khartoum on Wednesday and it offered its "warm condolences" to the government and people of Russian Federation.

Although his death is not suspicious, Mr Shirinsky is the fourth Russian diplomat to die in service in the past year.

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The diplomat died while swimming in the pool of his residence, according to state broadcaster Russian Federation 24. Russian embassy staff at the residence in Sudan's capital city called for medical assistance, but doctors were unable to save the ambassador's life.

The ambassador showed symptoms of an acute heart attack, embassy staff told the state broadcaster.

He was appointed ambassador to Sudan in 2013.

Alexander Kadakin, Russia's former ambassador to India, died in January after a brief illness and Andrey G. Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, was killed at an art gallery in Turkey.

"Immediately after receiving detailed information from employees at the Russian embassy in Khartoum, we will inform you about the circumstances of our colleague's death".

Shirinsky's long diplomatic career also included postings in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.


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