- Two North Koreans found dead in the same hotel in the west of Russia’s capital
- They both suffered ‘acute heart failure’ but died in separate hotel rooms
- Two more North Koreans staying in the building have been taken to hospital
- A police probe has since been launched by the Russian equivalent of the FBI
The men had complained of severe chest pains and shortness of breath before they died on Saturday at a hotel in the west of the Russian capital.
A police probe led by the country’s equivalent of the FBI has been launched as it emerged that two more North Koreans staying in the same building are in hospital.
Five other non-Russian men are believed to be ill but their nationality has not been given.
The first to die was a 37-year-old with a name translated as Chkhe Men Sen. When paramedics arrived at Gorodskoy Hotel in Yermakova Roscha Street in central Moscow, he was already dead.
Soon afterwards a 22-year-old with a name translated as Khon Gim Chkol died as ambulance doctors sought to resuscitate him. The men were in separate rooms.
Two other North Koreans aged 34 and 41 had a ‘fever of unknown origin’ – and were taken to a Moscow infectious disease hospital. Their condition is not known.
Initial reports in Russia mentioned a viral infection, but later reports said the two North Koreans had died from ‘acute heart failure’.
Five other residents of the dormitory were allowed to remain there on condition they reported immediately any changes in their condition.
North Korean officials have since ‘removed’ an unknown number of their fellow citizens from the hotel, it has been claimed … (read more)