Russian Foreign Ministry said the death of the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin.
In a statement on the ministry website it said that the diplomat died in New York. "The outstanding Russian diplomat died on your post", - reported in the department.
Foreign Ministry staff expressed deep condolences to the families and friends Churkin.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova Churkin confirmed the death. "The great diplomat. Extraordinary personality. Bright people. We have lost a loved one, "- she wrote to Facebook.
The representative of the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq said that he was shocked by the news of the death of Russia's ambassador to the organization Vitaly Churkin, he expressed condolences to the family of a diplomat and the Russian government.
According to The New York Post, Churkin died because of heart problems.
21 February Vitaly Churkin had to be fulfilled 65 years. He was born in 1952, in Moscow. In 13-year-old starred in the first film Novels about Lenin "Mother's Heart," directed by Mark Donskoy, even earlier - in the movies "Blue Notebook» (1963) and "Three Zero» (1964).
In 1974 year Churkin graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, in the same year began his career as a diplomat. In 1989-1990 years was Press Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, with 1990-1991 - the head of information department of the Foreign Ministry.
In 1992 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, in this post he served until 1994 year. In his role as Deputy Foreign Minister Churkin for the first time in the history of Russian and Soviet diplomacy began to hold regular open briefings for foreign journalists in which he in good English to the questions of Western journalists.
In 1994-1998 was Russian ambassador to Belgium and permanent representative of Russia to NATO. In 1998-2003 years Churkin was the Russian ambassador in Canada.
From June to April 2003 2006 years - Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Churkin served as Russia's ambassador to the UN in April 8 2008 years. During his work at the UN, he firmly defended Russia's position, repeatedly used the veto.
Candidate of Historical Sciences. Command of English, French and Mongolian.
Vitaly Churkin, was married, he had a son and a daughter.