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Russian diplomat found dead outside embassy in Berlin

Der Spiegel said the deceased man was a 35-year-old secretary who had worked at the embassy. The magazine said the man appeared to have fallen from an upper floor of the building. His body had been discovered on October 19.

Russia’s embassy in Germany released a short statement in response to the report, saying it would “not be commenting on this tragic event for ethical reasons.”

Reports said the embassy had not agreed to an autopsy being undertaken in Germany, and the body had therefore been transported to Russia. The German authorities were unable to investigate the incident due to the deceased’s diplomatic status, Der Spiegel said.

The magazine said German security services believed the man had been a covert operative of Russia’s chief domestic security agency, the Federal Security Service.

“We believe that speculations about this tragic incident, which have appeared in some Western media, are absolutely unacceptable,” the embassy said.

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