At Least Four Senior Russian Diplomats Have Died Suddenly in the Last Two Months

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December 20, 2016: Andrey Karlov, Russian ambassador to Turkey, was shot dead in Ankara by a "Turkish police officer".

January 9, 2017: Andrei Malanin, a senior diplomat at Russia's embassy in Athens, was found dead on his bathroom floor. Cause of death still unknown.

January 26, 2017: Alexander Kadakin, Russia's ambassador to India since 2009, and who played a key role in fostering better economic and political cooperation between Moscow and New Delhi (see: BRICS), died "after a brief illness".

February 20, 2017: Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, "died suddenly at work in New York", allegedly of a heart attack.

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