Dead Body of Russian Embassy Employee Found in Berlin Hotel

The dead body of a Russian embassy employee has been found in Berlin and German police are investigating the possibility of foul play, authorities said on Sunday. Security forces found the body of a…

Dead Body of Russian Embassy Employee Found in Berlin Hotel

The dead body of a Russian embassy employee has been found in Berlin and German police are investigating the possibility of foul play, authorities said on Sunday.

Security forces found the body of a man on Friday evening in a hotel room where he had apparently overdosed on an overdose of pills, German daily Bild reported. The embassy later confirmed the death.

The paper said the man has been identified as Alexei Volodin.

An autopsy by a medical examiner in Berlin on Saturday did not return a positive or negative opinion of the cause of death, authorities said.

Volodin, 56, died in a Weimar hotel at 2 p.m. on Friday, Berlin police spokeswoman Diane Groth said, adding that there were no signs of violence in the room.

“We do not know how the man came to be in the hotel or if he died there,” Groth said, adding that the man was not believed to have left Russia.

Police were contacted by a hotel employee on Thursday, Groth said. Volodin had previously stayed at the hotel.

Initial police reports said that a body was found in the hotel room, but it was later discovered in a bathtub, Bild reported. The paper said the two-story, roughly 50-room hotel is in the north of Berlin.

Russia’s embassy in Berlin said in a statement, posted on its Twitter account, that Volodin had “apparently taken an overdose of narcotics.” It said that “this is a tragedy for all of us and we are all mourning with his family.”

At this point, it is not clear whether a second embassy employee or hotel staff was present at the time of the incident, the embassy said.

Volodin “was a trustworthy person,” the statement added.

It added that Volodin is a consular official with the Russian consulate general in Frankfurt.

“According to his memory, he died doing his job,” the statement said.

There are reportedly no further suspects in the case.

The embassy thanked Berlin police “for their cooperation.”

Fox News’ Holly Yan and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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