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Russian emergencies minister Zinichev dies on Arctic drill

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 8th September, 2021 06:20:53 PM
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Russian emergencies minister Zinichev dies on Arctic drill

Russia's Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev has died in an accident during a big Arctic civil defence exercise.

The ministry said Zinichev, 55, had died in Norilsk while trying to save someone's life, reports BBC.

A cameraman had fallen off a cliff during an interview, according to Margarita Simonyan, the head of Russian broadcaster RT.

"He and the cameraman were on the edge of a cliff. The cameraman slipped and fell into the water," she said.

"Zinichev rushed after the fallen man and died after hitting a protruding rock." The cameraman, later named as film director Alexander Melnik, 63, also died.

Zinichev had been emergencies minister since 2018 and for years was reportedly a key member of President Vladimir Putin's security detail.