Russian Envoy to Sudan dead

Russia’s ambassador to Sudan, a career diplomat with decades of service, was found dead at his Khartoum home on Wednesday.

The death of the ambassador, Mirgayas Shirinsky, who was in his early 60s, is the fourth since December that a senior Kremlin envoy has died prematurely overseas.

The Sudan Foreign Ministry confirmed his death in a statement quoted by news agencies without providing a cause of death.

His death comes almost exactly six months after Russia’s longtime ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly at work at the age of 64.

In January, Russia’s ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, one of the longest-serving diplomats in that country, died after a brief illness at age of 68.