A Russian diplomat was found dead in a West Berlin apartment Thursday night, German officials said.
Mikhail Dostomutsky, deputy head of the department for international affairs at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, was found dead with a head wound in his own apartment.
This morning, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that officials believe he committed suicide.
No suicide note was found and there were no signs of struggle, officials said.
They noted that Dostomutsky was officially on medical leave, and that he had been suffering from medical problems for a while.
Russia’s ambassador to Germany, Mikhail Bogdanov, called the incident “tragic.”
“We hope that the facts will be established on the basis of transparency,” he told AFP.
Germany’s federal prosecutor said it would investigate to determine the cause of death.
Dostomutsky’s death comes after Russian diplomats in Germany were accused of collusion with Germany’s ruling party in the federal election earlier this year.
In September, State Duma deputy Alexander Debatov called for an investigation into German immigration authorities for allowing about 700 Russians to enter Germany before the election.
Debatov noted that in Germany, 650,000 of them came to vote for Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party, and around the same number voted for the pro-Kremlin FDP party.
In total, Debatov believes more than 100,000 Russian citizens travelled to Germany to vote, with 10,000 of them voting for Merkel’s party.
Before the election, it was also revealed that Russians sent about €500,000 in euros to Germany from Russia to help German conservatives with their campaigns.