Tributes to ambassador following sudden death
TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore last night paid tribute to the Russian Federation's Ambassador to Ireland, who died unexpectedly at the weekend.
Mikhail E Timoshkin died suddenly on Saturday afternoon of a heart attack.
He lived alone and was found dead by staff in his residence at Ailesbury Road in Dublin the next day.
Mr Timoshkin (60) was ambassador since 2006.
He was heavily involved in promoting Irish-Russian connections and in 2009 launched the Ireland Russia Business Association.
Mr Gilmore said: "I would like to pay tribute to the key role he played in the President's visit to Russia in September last year. This . . . marked a significant step forward in our bilateral relationship."
Mr Timoshkin was married with one daughter and granddaughter.
The Russian Embassy said his body would be flown to Moscow for burial.