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Russian diplomat found dead in Berlin, embassy refused autopsy – .


German authorities found a Russian diplomat dead on the sidewalk outside the Russian embassy last month, according to information released on Friday.

Berlin police discovered the body of Kirill Zhalo, 35, on the sidewalk outside the embassy building on the morning of October 19. First responders attempted to resuscitate Zhalo but were unsuccessful.

Zhalo reportedly fell out of a window, but the truth of what happened may never be revealed: the embassy did not accept the autopsy of the body and the German authorities cannot conduct an investigation due to the diplomatic status of Zhalo.

November 5, 2021, Berlin: A Russian flag flies at the Russian Embassy in Berlin.
(Photo de Kay Nietfeld/alliance photo via Getty Images)

Zhalo’s body returned to Russia days after the incident, according to Dutch journalism site Bellingcat, which also first identified Zhalo using “open source data.”

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Records indicate that Zhalo had worked at the embassy as a deputy secretary since the summer of 2019, but German security authorities believed Zhalo was instead a member of the Russian FSB agency, Der Spiegel reported.

BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 5: People walk past the Russian Embassy on November 5, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. A Russian embassy diplomat was reportedly found dead on the sidewalk outside the embassy on October 19, apparently after falling from a window. Media reports that the man, 35, was an agent of the FSB, the Russian intelligence agency, and the son of a senior FSB official. (Photo by Sean Gallup / Getty Images)

Specifically, Zhalo may have been the son of a high ranking FSB Second Service officer, General Alexey Zhalo.

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The FSB – or Federal Security Service in English – is Russia’s main security agency, replacing the KGB of the Soviet Union.

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a march on Strastnoy Boulevard in memory of Russian politician and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the fourth anniversary of his death in Moscow, Russia, on February 24, 2019. Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge on the evening of February 27, 2015.
(Sefa Karacan/Agence Anadolu/Getty Images)

The FSB Second Service is also the agency suspected of being responsible for the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the summer of 2020.

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Bellingcat helped Navalny present evidence to try to link the FSB to his poisoning.

“All formalities related to the repatriation of the diplomat’s body were promptly settled with German law enforcement and medical authorities in accordance with current practice,” the embassy said in its statement to the law enforcement agency. Russian press Interfax.

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The Russian embassy called Zhalo’s death a “tragic accident” which it could not comment on for “ethical reasons”.

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