Russian ‘spy’ found dead outside Berlin embassy after fall

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Russian Embassy in Berlin.  (Getty images)
Russian Embassy in Berlin. (Getty images)

A suspected Russian spy has been found dead outside the country’s embassy in Berlin, according to German media reports.

The 35-year-oldwas discovered near the building in central Berlin at 7.20am on October 19 by German guards protecting it.

Paramedics were scrambled to the scene but were unable to revive him.

The man is believed to to have plunged to his death from the upper floor of the building, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

But no official cause of death has been given because Russian officials refused a port mortem and German prosecutors have no powers to investigate because of his diplomatic status.

His body was repatriated to Russia the following day.

The Russian embassy has acknowledged the man’s death since the news became public, describing it as a “tragic accident” and saying it will not comment further for “ethical reasons.”

Germany’s foreign ministry also on Friday confirmed the death , but said it cannot give more information due to “privacy reasons”.

The 35-year-old was officially working in Berlin as a diplomat but German security services suspect he was actually a spy, Der Spiegel reported.

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