Another Russian diplomat was found mysteriously dead on Monday. Authorities say that the head of the consular department at Russia’s embassy in Greece, Andrey Malanin, was found deceased in his apartment in Athens after he failed to show up for work on Monday morning. Initial signs suggest the 55-year-old died of natural causes but an investigation is underway.
Malanin lived alone on a heavily guarded street in the Greek city. Colleagues of Malanin alerted authorities after he failed to answer multiple phone calls and the colleagues, along with police, went to investigate the apartment. Once they arrived they found the door was locked from the inside and Malanin was laying dead on his bedroom floor.
Authorities stated the body had no visible injuries and the apartment did not appear to have suffered a break in.
Last month, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated by a riot police officer during an art exhibit opening in the Turkish city.
A second Russian diplomat, Petr Polshikov, was found dead in his apartment in Moscow with a bullet to the head.
Malanin would be the third Russian diplomat to have died in about the span of a month.