Thursday, 24 August 2017

Russian ambassador Mirgayas Shirinskiy found dead in Sudan swimming pool of his home

Russia's ambassador to Sudan has been found dead in the swimming pool of his home.

Mirgayas Shirinskiy, 62, died from an acute heart attack, the Russian foreign ministry said.
The veteran ambassador is the fourth senior Russian diplomat to die this year.

His body was found in his pool in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, about 6pm on Wednesday, according to Russian foreign office spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

Sudanese officials said a preliminary investigation pointed to natural causes.

On its website, the Russian embassy said Mr Shirinsky had been a diplomat since 1977 and was a fluent Arabic and English speaker.

He studied at Moscow Institute of International Relations and had been appointed as ambassador to Khartoum in 2013.

He previously served as ambassador to Rwanda, and had diplomatic postings in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
A foreign ministry spokeswoman called him a "great professional".

She added: "He dedicated his life to diplomacy. We express sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."

SKY       News.