Russian ‘spy’, 35, found dead ‘after falling from Berlin embassy’
A suspected Russian spy with was found dead outside the Russian embassy in Berlin after apparently falling from an upper floor.
Kirill Zhalo, 35, was found dead by the guards at 7:20 am on October 19 on the pavement outside the Russian embassy in Berlin.
Despite the apparent cause seems to be that Zhalo fell to his death from an upper floor, the embassy refused to conduct an autopsy.
According to the German newspaper Der Spiegel, medics were called to the scene, but were unable to revive him.
German authorities were not able to investigate the death due to Zhalo's diplomatic status, and his body was repatriated to Russia the following day.
The 35-year-old is believed to be the son of prominent FSB commander Alexei Zhalo, whose departments have been linked to numerous assassination attempts.
The FSB stands for the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. It is the primary security agency of Russia and is considered the main successor agency to the Soviet Union's KGB.
After the news of his death became public, the Russian embassy acknowledged the incident, describing it as a "tragic accident" and saying it will not comment further for "ethical reasons."
"All the procedures related to repatriating the diplomat's body back to the homeland were promptly settled with responsible German law-enforcement and medical authorities in accordance with current practices," the embassy said in a statement.
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It further added that the "speculations which have appeared in a number of Western media" over the diplomat's death are "absolutely incorrect".
According to investigative sites Bellingcat and The Insider, Zhalo Sr is head of the FSB's Office for the Protection of the Constitutional System, which has been implicated in numerous assassination plots including the failed poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
The FSB was also linked to several failed assassination attempts, including the failed poisonings of writer Dmitry Bykov in Russia 2019, and that of politician and writer Vladimir Kara-Murza in 2015 and 2017, also in Russia.
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Zhalo Jr had served as Third Secretary to Russia's permanent representation to the United Nations in Vienna, and was based there from at least 2013 until 2019, after which he moved to Berlin.
While he was officially working as a diplomat, German security services suspect that Kirill was actually an undercover spy.
Public records show that both Alexei and Kirill were previously registered at the same address in Moscow, and before that in Rostov-on-Don where the family hails from.
This is not the first time that someone has fallen to their death in the Berlin Embassy.
In 2003, a porter was found dead after apparently falling from a window of his apartment building in the grounds of the embassy.
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The death of Zhalo Jr is just the latest in the series of deaths of Russian citizens who mysteriously fell from buildings after criticizing the Kremlin or local officials.
At least four doctors mysteriously plummeted to their deaths from hospital windows during the Covid pandemic, after some fo them criticized authorities for not providing enough support to patients.
Most recently, 35-year-old dentist Darya Khorovskaya, who fell to her death from the ninth floor of a Covid ward in St Petersburg last month, four days after her mother died from Covid.
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