4 dead Russian Ambassadors in 3 months --Russia's long time ambassador to the UN has died suddenly in New York; this is the fourth Russian diplomat who has died in the last 3 months. | 20 Feb 2017 | Vitaly Churkin was one of the wisest voices in international diplomacy. His voice will no longer echo in the halls of the United Nations. Articulate, polite yet commanding, wise yet affable, he oversaw some of Russia's and the world's most important events in a position he occupied since 2006...Churkin's death, a day before his 65th birthday, is a tragedy first and foremost for his family, friends and colleagues. His death however raises many uncomfortable questions...Beginning in 2015, there were several deaths within the Russian Diplomatic corps and a special Russian Presidential adviser.