The Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, has died at the age of 67.
The Russian Embassy confirmed that
Kadakin died in a New Delhi hospital Thursday morning after
suffering from a short illness.
Kadakin, a fluent Hindi
speaker, undertook five diplomatic postings in India, most recently between 2009
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Twitter that he was deeply saddened by the ambassador's death.
Kadakin was born to Russian parents in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau in 1949. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1972, and became third secretary at the Russian Embassy in India in the same year.