Diplomat Found Dead Outside Berlin Embassy Was Russian Secret Agent: Der Spiegel

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A German emblem  flutters implicit    the Reichstag gathering  successful  Berlin, Germany connected  Sept. 24, 2017. (Michael Probst/AP Photo)

A German emblem flutters implicit the Reichstag gathering successful Berlin, Germany connected Sept. 24, 2017. (Michael Probst/AP Photo)

BERLIN—German information services judge that a antheral recovered dormant successful a thoroughfare extracurricular the Russian Embassy successful Berlin past period was an undercover cause of Russia’s FSB quality service, Der Spiegel reported connected Friday.

The assemblage of the 35-year-old antheral was recovered aboriginal connected Oct. 19 by Berlin constabulary officers guarding the building, the mag said. Quoting information sources, it said the antheral had fallen from an precocious level astatine the embassy.

The officers called an ambulance, but medics were incapable to resuscitate him, it added.

The embassy confirmed successful a connection to Interfax quality bureau that a Russian diplomat had died but said it was “not commenting connected this tragic lawsuit for ethical reasons.”

Berlin constabulary declined to remark and directed each questions to nationalist prosecutors, who said they could neither corroborate nor contradict the Der Spiegel report. The find of a assemblage extracurricular the Russian diplomatic ngo had not antecedently been reported.

Security sources told the mag it was unclear however the diplomat had fallen and what had caused his death. The Russian Embassy had not agreed to an autopsy, Der Spiegel said.

“All formalities linked to repatriating the assemblage of the diplomat were promptly settled with the liable instrumentality enforcement and aesculapian authorities of Germany successful accordance with the practices successful place,” the embassy said successful its connection to Interfax.

The man, who has not been named, was officially listed arsenic a 2nd caput astatine the embassy, the mag said. He was besides a comparative of a Russia-based elder serviceman of the FSB’s 2nd directorate, which deals with anti-terrorism.

The embassy did not instantly respond to a Reuters petition for remark connected the Spiegel report.

A German Foreign Ministry spokesperson told a regular quality briefing connected Friday that the German authorities was alert of the decease of a Russian diplomat successful Berlin but could not springiness immoderate details.

By Thomas Escritt, Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber, and Miranda Murray

Reuters

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