Russia probes top spy's window fall
Russian officials on Monday were probing the mysterious death of a colonel from Russia's SVR foreign intelligence service who reportedly fell out of a window.
The state news agency RIA Novosti, citing a source in the intelligence service, said Colonel Gennady Ambarnov had fallen to his death from the window of his apartment in southwest Moscow, adding his body was found early Sunday morning.
"According to the information we have, he died as a result of the accident," the news agency cited the source as saying. The SVR was currently conducting an internal investigation, the source was quoted as saying.
The Lifenews.ru website, citing a law enforcement source, said however officials suspected the 46-year colonel's son of being behind his father's death.
Quoting Ambarnov's neighbours, the report said that before the accident the drunk colonel had had a series of noisy arguments with his wife and son.
A jacket stained with blood was also found in the family's apartment, Lifenews said.
SVR spokesman Sergei Ivanov declined to comment on the reports when contacted by AFP.
The SVR is in charge of external intelligence gathering while its fellow KGB successor the FSB (Federal Security Service) focuses on counter-intelligence and domestic security.
© 2011 AFP