Russian Sudan envoy, Mirgayas Shirinsky, found dead in pool

Russia's ambassador to Sudan, a career diplomat with decades of service, was found dead at his Khartoum home on Wednesday, Russian and Sudanese officials reported.

Shirinsky, who was in his 60s, died in his swimming pool at the ambassador's residence in northern Khartoum.

The Sudanese foreign ministry first broke the news and it was later confirmed by the Russian foreign ministry on Wednesday evening.

Though there is no evidence to suggest anything suspicious about Shirinskiy's death, he is the latest in a long line of Russian emissaries to die in the past year.

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

Khartoum is the capital of the African country of Sudan. Initial reports ruled out any "foul play" in the death of the ambassador, the foreign ministries added.

And in December, Russia's ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara by a police officer.

Sergei Konyashin, the press secretary of the embassy in Sudan, told Rossiya'24 news channel the embassy staff had found Shirinsky with the manifestations of a heart attack.

The ministry offered its condolences to the government and people of Russian Federation and praised Shirinsky's diplomatic efforts while in office. A doctor was called, but he could not save Shirinski, TASS reported.

"As soon as we receive detailed information from the Russian embassy staff in Khartoum, we will give information on the circumstances of the death of our colleague", Moscow's foreign ministry reportedly said in a statement.

Shirinskiy, born in 1954, was appointed to the post in 2013.

  • Jon Douglas