Russia’s ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinsky, was found dead in the swimming pool at his residence in Khartoum, the Sudanese authorities announced on Wednesday.
The foreign ministry in Khartoum announced his death and offered its condolences to the Russian government saying that Ambassador Shirinskiy “made sincere efforts to promote the distinguished relations between the two countries” in various fields.
The Sudanese police have ruled out the possibility of an assassination attempt.
The press secretary at the Russian embassy, Sergei Konyashin, said there were signs that the ambassador had suffered a heart attack.
“Mirgayas Shirinsky was found in his residence in a suburb of Khartoum with signs of an acute heart attack,” Konyashin told Russia-24 TV.
The 63-old Russian diplomat was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Sudan on 27 December 2013. In 1977, he was graduated from the State Institute of International Relations. The Arabic-speaking diplomat worked in several Arab countries including Yemen and Saudi Arabia.