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Russian diplomat connected to FSB intelligence ‘found dead in Berlin’


Russian diplomat connected to FSB intelligence is found dead ‘after falling from upper window of Berlin embassy’


Kirill Zhalo, 35, was found lifeless on the pavement outside the Russian embassy in Berlin on October 19

A Russian diplomat with family ties to the Kremlin’s FSB spy agency has been found dead outside the country’s embassy in Berlin.

Kirill Zhalo, 35, was found lifeless outside the building in central Berlin at 7.20am on October 19 by guards. Medics were called but were unable to revive him. 

Zhalo appears to have fallen to his death from the upper floor of the building, German newspaper Der Spiegel said as it broke the news today 

But no official cause of death was given because the embassy refused an autopsy and German prosecutors have no powers to investigate the death because of Zhalo’s diplomatic status.  

Zhalo’s body was repatriated to Russia the following day. 

The Russian embassy has acknowledged Zhalo’s death since the news became public, but described it as a ‘tragic accident’ and said it would not comment further for ‘ethical reasons.’ 

Germany’s foreign ministry also confirmed the death today, but said it would not comment further due to ‘privacy reasons’.

More to follow… 

Guards found Zhalo's body outside the building (file image) at 7.20am and called medics, who were unable to revive him

Guards found Zhalo’s body outside the building (file image) at 7.20am and called medics, who were unable to revive him 

No official cause of death has been given because the embassy, in central Berlin, refused an autopsy and German prosecutors have no authority to investigate

No official cause of death has been given because the embassy, in central Berlin, refused an autopsy and German prosecutors have no authority to investigate

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