June 21, 2022

Russian Diplomat Found Dead Outside Berlin Embassy

A Russian diplomat has been found dead outside the embassy in Berlin. The man is believed to be a senior member of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, but that has not yet been confirmed. He was found on Monday morning by security personnel who were doing their rounds at the building just off Unter den Linden boulevard near the Brandenburg Gate. The police say they do not yet know how the man died.

It’s believed that the man, who has been named as 58-year-old Petr Polshikov, was shot and killed at his home in the north of the city before being brought to Russia’s embassy where he was found dead just a few hours later.

Interfax news agency said that their initial investigations showed the man had died from a gunshot wound. A gun was found under the sink in the bathroom, said police sources. Although there is no evidence yet of any motive, some reports say that two shells were found next to his body.

The man’s wife was reportedly in the apartment at the time of the shooting, but it is not known if she was aware that her husband had died. The couple did not have children together. Polshikov is believed to have two adult daughters from a previous marriage.

One thing that makes this stand out from other stories of diplomat killings is that Russia’s Foreign Ministry has denied that Polshikov was a high-ranking member of staff. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said he had been retired for years.

The news broke just hours after Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead at an art exhibition in Ankara.

The timing of the two deaths has led to speculation, but as yet there is no other evidence linking them other than their proximity and the fact that they both died from gun wounds on the same day.

The Spokeswoman for Berlin’s police department, Patricia Braemer, said that the Russian man had not been shot in his home but inside the embassy compound.

She went on to say an investigation was underway and confirmed there were no other casualties.

Investigators are looking for blood traces to see where the man died as well as CCTV footage. It is not known if he was robbed.

The investigation into his death named two Russian men – Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun – as the main suspects, but both denied any involvement and remain in Russia.