A Russian diplomat has been found dead from gunshot wounds at his home, it is reported.
Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet injury to his head at his flat in Moscow's Balaklavsky Prospekt, according to local media.
The alleged shooting came just hours after the news broke of the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov.
Karlov was killed by his police protection officer who screamed “Allahu Akbar” and “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria.”
He was shot in the back by 22-year-old Turkish policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas in what Russia last night described as a "terrorist act”.
In Polshikov's shooting, reported by Ren TV early today, two empty bullet shells were found in the high-ranking diplomat's flat.
A gun was also reportedly discovered under the sink in the bathroom.
The circumstances of the incident remain unclear, and it is understood police are examining all possible theories as to Polshikov's death.
The diplomat's wife was reportedly in the flat at the time of the shooting, but is safe.
It comes as Britain has apparently been 'blamed' for Karlov's assassination.
Russian ultranationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky claimed the attack was intended to stop an upcoming visit by Mr Erdogan to Moscow to seal closer ties with Mr Putin.
Meanwhile, Kremlin senator Frantz Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the Russian upper chamber’s defence and security committee, pointed the finger at NATO.
He said: “It can be ISIS , or the Kurdish army which tries to hurt Erdogan.
“But maybe – and it is highly likely – that representatives of foreign NATO secret services are behind it.
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