A Russian engineer was found dead aboard a ship in his chamber at a port in an eastern Indian state on Tuesday, marking the third such mysterious deaths in a fortnight.
Sergey Milyakov was the chief engineer on a ship anchored at the Paradip Port in the coastal state Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur.
The Russian man was found dead inside his chamber around 4.30am, officials said.
The cause behind the 51-year-old man’s death is not immediately clear. Officials have also not shared details of any injury marks.
Milyakov was working on the vessel M B Aldnah, which was headed to Mumbai from Bangladesh’s Chittagong Port via Odisha.
Officials in the Kremlin have not released any statement on the death of the third Russian national in India.
Confirming the death of the Russian national, the Paradip Port’s chairman said that they have launched an investigation into the incident.
This is the third such death of a Russian national in a span of two weeks from the same Indian state.
In late December, Russian sausage-magnate turned lawmaker Pavel Antov – who also criticised Vladimir Putin – became the first of the three casualties in Odisha after allegedly falling or losing balance from the third floor of his hotel.
Police officials had initially stated that the Russian billionaire businessman likely died by suicide in Odisha’s Rayagada district but his postmortem report termed the death as accidental.
The cause behind Antov’s death cited rupture of left lungs, liver and spleen leading to haemorrhage, shock and death, according to the Indian authorities.
Officials have not shared details from the CCTV footage and the circumstances leading to his death.
He died two days after his friend and travel companion Bydanov Vladimir also succumbed to a cardiac arrest on 22 December, according to the doctors.
While both the incidents are being investigated by the state police, officials have marked Antov’s death as “unnatural” which includes fatalities due to accidents and suicides.