A top Russian diplomat found dead in a hotel on Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard had been in Germany about a week, and Berlin police said it was unclear how he died.
Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Alexander Nikolaev was found dead on Tuesday, reportedly unresponsive with a window up in his room at the Holiday Inn Express. He was in Berlin for meetings and meetings planned on Wednesday.
Nikolaev, 53, was believed to have visited Germany to meet with Russian state media outlet RT. Spokespeople for the embassy in Berlin declined to release his name, and had a similarly coy description of what happened.
“We learned with the greatest pain about the tragic death of the Russian deputy consul in Berlin,” a spokeswoman said. “We express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the Consul-General.”
Berlin police confirmed the diplomat’s death but said there was no sign of “any criminal behavior or emergency call or any death investigation.”
Russia’s state-run Sputnik news agency reported that the diplomat had consumed alcohol but didn’t give a specific amount or say when he stopped.
Russia’s state-run Rossiya 24 news agency, which broadcast live from the street where the diplomat’s body was found, said that it found him in a hotel room after he failed to arrive at a scheduled meeting.