U.S. professor found dead in apartment in southern Moscow

A U.S. professor, who cooperated with Russia's Higher School of Economics, has been found dead in an apartment in the south of Moscow, a source in law enforcement agencies told Interfax on Sept.25.

A U.S. professor, who cooperated with Russia's Higher School of Economics, has been found dead in an apartment in the south of Moscow, a source in law enforcement agencies told Interfax on Sept.25.

The dead body of Professor Andrew Mendelssohn, born 1962, who arrived in Moscow on Sept.21, was found in an apartment of a residential building on Simonovsky Val Street. It showed no signs of a violent death, the source said.

The Moscow police press service has confirmed to Interfax that a dead body was found at this address, but refused to name the dead person or disclose the circumstances of what happened.

The Faculty of Law of the Higher School of Economics has confirmed Mendelssohn's death. The faculty's dean Yevgeny Salygin told Interfax that the U.S. professor had had a part-time job at this educational institution and had planned to seek a full-time job.

"We had cooperated with him, and [in] September, as soon as he arrived, he was supposed to register with migration authorities; in fact, a decree hiring him was ready. A contract should have been signed with him, but it did not happen due to these tragic circumstances," he said.

Mendelssohn's obituary has been published on the faculty's website.

"Andrew was an outstanding and remarkable person, an excellent teacher, a tutor and a wonderful person. It is an irrecoverable loss and a huge shock for all of us," the obituary says.

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