The Straits Times
Published on Feb 21, 2013

Five North Korean workers found dead in Russia: Official


MOSCOW (AFP) - Five North Koreans working on a building site in the Russian Far East have been found dead, apparently after inhaling fumes from a diesel-powered generator, investigators said on Monday.

The North Koreans were among the several thousand citizens of the secretive Stalinist state believed to be working around the city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, which has a small land border with North Korea.

"The preliminary cause of death appears to have been carbon monoxide poisoning from a diesel generator in a neighbouring room," the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Russian news agencies said that the five were discovered in the morning and were apparently overcome by poisonous fumes while sleeping in a temporary unit on a building site in the city of Vladivostok.