A top Russian diplomat assigned to Athens has died of mysterious causes. Andrey Malanin, 55, did not report to work on Monday. Also, calls made to the diplomat remained unanswered.
At this point, colleagues decided to check up on the head of the consular section at Russia’s Greece embassy. He lived alone in a heavily guarded street in the center of the Greek capital. Accompanied by police, Malanin’s colleagues found his body slumped in the bedroom.
Initial investigations revealed that there were no apparent injuries on Malanin’s body. Also, police did not note any obvious signs of a break-in. The door to his room remained locked from the inside when police arrived on the scene, the BBC reported.
For now, Andrei Malanin’s death is probably from natural causes. However, a more thorough police investigation is currently underway. “At first sight, we are talking about natural causes,” a police official said. There will be more details once the coroner’s report becomes public, The Sun noted.
Released photos show a Mercedes-Benz hearse taking away the body of Andrey Malanin. Also, other photos showed investigators carrying forensics tools outside the apartment complex. The shocking and mysterious death of Malanin comes just one month after the murder of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov. The assassinated diplomat had been speaking to reporters in an art gallery when an off-duty Turkish policeman opened fire.
Putin mourns Malanin’s death
Russian President Vladimir Putin mourned his death, as he described Karlov as a personal friend. He also awarded Karlov with the highest military honor of the country, the Hero of Russia. Karlov’s countrymen etched his name on pink marble on the wall of the foreign ministry, which commemorates the lives of career diplomats killed in the line of duty. It is not yet clear if Putin will award a similar honor to the late Andrey Malanin.
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