BERLIN, November 5 (Reuters) – German security services believe a man found dead in a street outside the Russian embassy in Berlin last month was an undercover agent of the Russian intelligence service FSB, Der Spiegel reported on Friday. .
The body of the 35-year-old man was found early on October 19, according to the magazine. He said, citing security sources, that the man fell from an upper floor of the embassy.
Berlin police declined to comment and directed all questions to prosecutors, who were not immediately available for comment. The discovery of a body outside the Russian diplomatic mission has not been previously reported.
Security sources told the magazine it was not clear how the diplomat fell and what caused his death. The Russian embassy had not accepted an autopsy, Der Spiegel said.
The man, who has not been named, has been officially listed as the embassy’s second secretary, the magazine said. He was also linked by his family to a senior Russian-based officer from the FSB’s Second Directorate, which deals with the fight against terrorism.
Der Spiegel quoted the Russian Embassy as saying the incident was a “tragic accident” on which she would not have commented “for ethical reasons.” The embassy did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the Spiegel report.
A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said at a regular press conference on Friday that the German government was aware of the death of a Russian diplomat in Berlin but could not give any details. L8N2RW3TZ
Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Jon Boyle
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