Andrey Malanin, a senior Russian diplomat who headed up the consular section, was found dead on the floor of his Athens apartment by an embassy staffer who went to see why he didn’t report to work.
Homicide investigators have been called to investigate; Malanin was 54 years old.
And his death comes a week after Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated at a photo exhibition in Ankara by a 22-year-old police recruit who shouted “allahu akbar” while firing his gun.
From the Daily Mail:
“Police said a coroner will examine the body, while homicide officers will also investigate the death. …
“Malanin is understood to have lived alone in a Russian embassy-owned building on a heavily-guarded street where the official residence of the Greek prime minister and president also reside.
“According to police, there was no evidence of a break-in at the scene of Mr Malanin’s apartment in the Greek capital.
“‘At first sight, we are talking about natural causes,’ a police official added.
“Officers said there are no immediate indications of foul play and the body had no visible injuries.
“Ambassador Andrey Karlov was gunned down in Ankara by 22-year-old police recruit Mevlut Mert Altintas who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘Don’t forget Aleppo’ as he murdered the respected diplomat before he was shot dead.
“The killer had shaved and dressed in a suit and tie before walking 150 metres to the art centre where he used his police ID to enter the premises on December 19.
“A metal detector alarm went off because of his firearm, but he was waved through because of his assumed police status.
“It emerged that extremist literature was found in his possession. Altintas was ‘liquidated’ by Turkish security forces after the shooting.”