Another Russian diplomat leaves Canada

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Last updated Thursday, Sep. 06 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

Russian officisalsfrom the Kremlin on down have dismissed any connection between recent diplomatic departures from Canada and the Delisle espionage case. (/Mikhail Metzel/AP)

Another Russian diplomat has left Canada in a departure that his embassy says is a routine posting change – one taking place the same month as news broke that a Canadian sailor has been charged with spying.

Dmitry Gerasimov, a consular officer with the Russian government’s office in Toronto, left in January, his embassy said Monday.

He is the second diplomat that the Russian embassy in Canada acknowledges has quit this country in January.

The other, as The Globe and Mail reported last week, was Colonel Sergey Zhukov, the defence attaché for the Russian government in Ottawa.

In both cases, the Russian embassy says the departing diplomats had merely reached the end of their assigned tenure in Canada. Col. Zhukov had worked here several years and Mr. Gerasimov, an embassy official said, had served in Canada “three or four years.”

All totalled, six Russian diplomats that have been dropped from Ottawa’s list of recognized foreign representatives in the last 11 days. It’s not clear which, if any, of recent these exits can be tied to the spy controversy.

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