“The head of the emergencies ministry, Yevgeny Zinichev, tragically died saving a person’s life” at inter-agency drills in the Arctic, the ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.
Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the state-funded news outlet RT, said the 55-year-old minister had died as he tried to save a cameraman who fell off a cliff.
President Vladimir Putin was notified of the minister’s death, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Zinichev was a member of the KGB security service in the last years of the USSR and his career took off after he served in Putin’s security detail between 2006 and 2015. – THE STATESMAN