Yet another Russian diplomat has died unexpectedly at a time when tensions between East and West are great, and when there is a great deal of subterfuge going on behind the scenes.
Few could forget the shocking video of Andrei Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, being shot at an art gallery podium in Turkey by a man who was supposed to be on his security detail. Russian and Turkish leaders both suggested that it was an attempt to undermine cooperation and potential peace agreements over Syria.
Only hours after that event took place in December, a second Russian diplomat, Petr Polshikov, was reportedly found dead from a gun shot wound in his Moscow apartment. No further details have emerged, but a great deal of speculation was fueled as to what was really going on.
Now, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has "unexpectedly" dropped dead – one day before his 65th birthday from an apparent heart attack, though an autopsy and further determination of the cause of death could be forthcoming.