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    Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead in his swimming pool

    Russia's ambassador to Sudan Mirgayas Shirinsky has been found dead in a swimming pool at his residence in Khartoum BBC reports.

    Sudanese police announced 63-year-old Mr Shirinsky's death on Wednesday evening saying he was "found dead in the swimming pool of his residence at 7:05pm (16:05 GMT)."

    Mr Shirinsky served in the Russian diplomatic corps for 40 years.

    Sudanese police said a preliminary investigation indicated Mirgayas Shirinsky had died of natural causes.

    Although his death is not suspicious, Mr Shirinsky is the fourth Russian diplomat to die in service in the past year.

    In February, Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin died suddenly in his New York office.

    A month earlier, Alexander Kadakin, the Russian ambassador to India, died following a brief illness.

    Last December, Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead in Ankara by a Turkish policeman apparently in protest at Russian involvement in Syria.

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