The Russian ambassador to Khartoum, who was found dead in his residence

The Russian ambassador to Khartoum, who was found dead in his residence

Mirgayas Shirinsky, the Russian ambassador to Sudan, was found dead at his residence in Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday (23 August).

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

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

"Preliminary investigation shows that his death was natural", police spokesman Omar al-Mokhtar told AFP news agency.

Shirinsky is the ninth Russian diplomat to have died within a year.

The diplomat died while swimming in the pool of his residence, according to state broadcaster Russian Federation 24.

The Russian ambassador to Khartoum, who was found dead in his residence
Russian envoy to Sudan Mirgayas Shirinsky found dead at his residence

Although doctors were immediately called in, they were unable to save his life, Konyashin added.

The ministry offered its condolences to the government and people of Russian Federation and praised Shirinsky's diplomatic efforts while in office. 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.

Shirinsky, who was reportedly fluent in Arabic and English, was a diplomat since 1977, AFP reported.

Before taking his post in Sudan, Shirinskiy served at the Russian embassies in Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Rwanda.

Born in 1954, Shirinsky has become Russia's ambassador to Sudan since 2013.

Sudan's foreign ministry also praised the Russian ambassador's efforts to enhance diplomatic relations between the two countries while in office, but provided no details on the circumstances surrounding Shirinsky's sudden death.

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