Man found dead at Russian embassy in Berlin

Written by Ryan Browne, CNN

A man who was found dead at the Russian embassy in Berlin had been found on the balcony of the embassy’s sixth-floor residence, but police said he had no injuries and an autopsy was not needed.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was found by police on the balcony of the residence, which is next to the building and the embassy itself, Berlin police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel told CNN.

“There was no violence,” Wenzel said.

“After the initial assessment by German prosecutors, the preliminary result is that this man is definitely not a criminal suspect,” he said.

Cherina Membrinus, a spokeswoman for Berlin’s state prosecutor, told CNN that the case was now under close investigation.

Membrinus could not say whether the man was in his twenties or what was on his body.

A spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Berlin, Alexandre Imrich, said he could not comment on the reports and referred inquiries to the German prosecutors’ office.

The Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow said the country had been informed of the case.

“We have requested a copy of the autopsy report, which was officially postponed,” the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the German authorities investigated a report of the police “bouncing” between buildings during the course of a night shift at the embassy.

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