Russian envoy to Sudan Mirgayas Shirinsky found dead at his residence

Russia surprised at death of its ambasador to Sudan

Russia's ambassador to Sudan has been found dead in a swimming pool at his residence in Khartoum.

Less than a month earlier, the Russian ambassador to India, 67-year-old Alexander Kadakin, died after a short illness.

Russia's RIA Novosti state news agency reported the veteran diplomat's death, citing the foreign ministry in Moscow.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that staff at the Khartoum embassy called an ambulance but Mr Shirinsky "could not be saved".

"We inform with much sadness on the death of the Russian Ambassador to Sudan, M. Shirinsky, in Khartoum on August 23", a spokesman for the department said.

Sergei Konyashin, the press secretary of the embassy in Sudan, told Rossiya'24 news channel the embassy staff had found Shirinsky with the manifestations of a heart attack.

He has become the fourth Russian ambassador to die within the year.

His body has been taken to the morgue as local police awaiting instructions from Russian foreign ministry. Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov and senior diplomat Petr Polshikov were both shot dead on the same day on 20 December in Ankara and Moscow respectively.

Sudanese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Garibullah al-Hadar also verified the news and expressed condolences to the Russian people, government, and relatives of Shirinskiy.

He was appointed ambassador to Sudan in 2013.

Shirinsky, a fluent Arabic and English speaker, had been a diplomat since 1977 and his postings included Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, according to the Russian embassy website.

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