Russian Emergencies Minister dies during drills

Minister Yevgeny Zinichev died at the age of 55 after saving lives during a strategic military exercise in the Arctic.

“We regret to announce that Mr. Zinichev was killed while saving lives during an inter-agency exercise to protect the Arctic region from emergencies in Norilsk,” a statement from the Russian Emergencies Ministry said today. said.

Margarita Simonyan, head of RT, said Zinichev died while saving a fallen cameraman.

“There were a lot of witnesses, but no one had time to react at the time Mr. Zinichev jumped into the water after the person fell and hit a cliff,” Simonyan tweeted, but did not say if the cameraman was an employee. RT or not.

Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev at a meeting in Moscow on December 27, 2019.  Photo: AFP.

Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev at a meeting in Moscow on December 27, 2019. Photo: AFP.

The BRC news website quoted an unnamed source as saying that Zinichev was killed while filming a training video of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. “He was trying to keep a crew member from slipping off the cliff,” the news agency said, adding that the cameraman also died in the crash.

Zinichev has been the head of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry since 2018 after President Vladimir Putin was re-elected. He began his career as an employee of the USSR’s National Security Committee (KGB) in the late 1980s and later went on to serve in the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Zinichev was a member of President Putin’s bodyguard and was a close aide from 2006-2015. The Kremlin said Putin had been informed of the incident.

Thanh Tam (Follow Moscow Times)

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