Andrey Malanin, 54, was found by embassy staff on the floor of his bedroom this evening

A hearse carries away the body of a top Russian diplomat after he was found dead at his Athens flat tonight

A hearse carries away the body of a top Russian diplomat after he was found dead at his Athens flat tonight

Source: The Sun

Detectives confirmed they would draft in the police murder unit to examine the death because of Malanin’s high-profile status.

But they added it was unlikely he had been murdered and said he bore no signs of violent injury.

Nor was there any indication of a break-in.

A police spokesman said: “At first sight, we are talking about natural causes.”

Russian diplomats are on high alert following the assassination of its ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, by a policeman at an art gallery last month.