The FSB was previously linked by Western intelligence services to the murder of a Georgian exile who was shot dead in a Berlin park in 2019, Der Spiegel and Bellingcat reported. The Kremlin has denied any link between the killing and the Russian state.
The Russian embassy did not agree to an autopsy of the diplomat, and the his diplomatic immunity meant that Germany’s public prosecutor could not carry out an investigation, Der Spiegel reported Friday.
Russian and German officials acknowledged the death of the diplomat on Friday following the Der Spiegel report.
“A tragic accident with a Russian diplomat occurred on October 19, 2021,” the Russian embassy said in a statement.
“All the formalities related to sending the diplomat’s body to his homeland were promptly settled with the competent law enforcement and medical authorities of Germany in accordance with the current practice.”
“We consider the speculation that appeared in a number of Western media in the context of this tragic incident to be absolutely incorrect.”
A spokeswoman at the German foreign ministry told CNN the government was aware of the death of the diplomat, but due to “reasons of personal protection of the persons concerned and their relatives, no further details will be disclosed at this moment.”