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Grief-stricken Putin bids farewell at the open coffin of minister killed on Arctic military exercise

A grief-stricken Vladimir Putin appeared devastated as he bade farewell in the present day to his emergencies minister – and former personal bodyguard – who died on Tuesday ‘attempting to avoid wasting a person’.

The Russian chief twice rested his head on the open coffin of Yevgeny Zinichev, 55, which was draped in the nation’s flag.

Putin then sat with the minister’s widow Natalya and son Denis at the funeral ceremony. He twice approached the open coffin, bowing his head, and as he walked away appeared distraught. 

Putin has spoken of his ‘irreplaceable personal loss’ in dropping Zinichev – a former FSB deputy director – who he known as a person of ‘unbelievable interior energy, braveness and bravado’.

Zinichev died whereas attempting to avoid wasting documentary filmmaker Alexander Melnik, 63, who had fallen into icy water whereas filming an Arctic military drill on Tuesday.  

A grief-stricken Vladimir Putin appeared devastated twice resting his head on the open coffin of his emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev after died on Tuesday ‘attempting to avoid wasting a person’

The devastated Russian leader laid to rest his emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev's open casket, which was draped in the country's tricolour flag, at his funeral today

The devastated Russian chief laid to relaxation his emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev’s open casket, which was draped in the nation’s tricolour flag, at his funeral in the present day

Putin made a cross across his body as he stepped away from the open casket of former emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev

Putin made a cross throughout his physique as he stepped away from the open casket of former emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev

Putin has spoken of his 'irreplaceable personal loss' in losing Zinichev (pictured) - a former FSB deputy director - who he called a man of 'incredible inner strength, courage and bravery'

Putin has spoken of his ‘irreplaceable personal loss’ in dropping Zinichev (pictured) – a former FSB deputy director – who he known as a person of ‘unbelievable interior energy, braveness and bravado’

Putin has awarded Zinichev a posthumous Hero of Russia award, the nation’s highest honour. 

Some imagine Putin was grooming Zinichev – like him, as soon as a KGB operative – as his eventual successor. He had loved a spectacular rise underneath Putin and had been tipped just lately for a brand new highly effective function on the Kremlin’s safety council.

Details have been sketchy however Zinichev is believed to have died at or close to the 90ft Kitabo-Oron waterfall at Putorana Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Arctic.

The official account says he sought to avoid wasting filmmaker Melnik who had slipped as they stood on an icy rock. 

‘While rescuing a life, he took threat and not using a second of doubt, and died whereas fulfilling his responsibility,’ Putin stated.

Russian President Putin then sat with the minister's widow Natalya (right) at the funeral ceremony

Russian President Putin then sat with the minister’s widow Natalya (proper) at the funeral ceremony

A devastated looking Putin sat next to Zinichev's widow Natalya (right) and son Denis (left) as he laid to rest his emergencies minister today

A devastated trying Putin sat subsequent to Zinichev’s widow Natalya (proper) and son Denis (left) as he laid to relaxation his emergencies minister in the present day

Putin laid flowers next to the open casket of Yevgeny Zinichev today as he laid the late former emergencies minister to rest after he died while trying to save another man on Tuesday

Putin laid flowers subsequent to the open casket of Yevgeny Zinichev in the present day as he laid the late former emergencies minister to relaxation after he died whereas attempting to avoid wasting one other man on Tuesday

Mourners attend at funeral of Russian emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev in Moscow today

Mourners attend at funeral of Russian emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev in Moscow in the present day

Official accounts haven’t confirmed the actual location of the tragedy.  

But experiences stated the military normal, 55, fell from a rock whereas attempting to avoid wasting a cameraman who had plunged into the icy water.

He was participating in military drills and workouts by regulation enforcement businesses in the metropolis of Norilsk at the time.  

The Ministry of Emergencies stated: ‘We are sorry to tell you that whereas on responsibility saving an individual’s life in Norilsk throughout interagency workouts to guard the Arctic zone from emergencies…Yevgeny Zinichev was tragically killed.’

‘He and the cameraman stood at the edge of a ledge,’ RT boss Margarita Simonyan stated, including: ‘The cameraman slipped and fell into the water.

‘There had been many eyewitnesses – no-one even had time to determine what had occurred, as Zinichev rushed into the water after a person who had fallen off and crashed towards a protruding rock.’ 

Some experiences say Zinichev died in a helicopter as he was airlifted to hospital from the scene of the accident. 

Putin – additionally on a visit to Siberia – was knowledgeable of Zinichev’s dying and paid tribute to his colleague in a condolence message to his spouse Natalya and son Denis.

‘I am shocked by the tragic information about the dying of Yevgeny Nicholayevich Zinichev,’ Putin wrote

‘I ask you to simply accept my honest condolences and phrases of assist at this sorrowful hour. We have lost a real fight officer, a comrade, a person of unbelievable interior energy, braveness and bravado.

‘For me that is an irreplaceable personal loss.’

Describing the ‘lengthy years of work’ he shared with Kinichev, Putin wrote that: ‘I all the time knew that I might rely on Yevgeny in any, even the most intricate, state of affairs as a dependable, loyal good friend, and an expert of the highest rank.

‘He devoted himself to service to the Motherland, to the folks. And whereas rescuing a life, he took threat and not using a second of doubt, and died whereas fulfilling his responsibility.

‘We will preserve a shiny reminiscence of Yevgeny Nikolayevich Zinichev in our hearts.’  

Some believe Putin was grooming Zinichev (pictured together in 2010) - like him, once a KGB operative - as his eventual successor

Some imagine Putin was grooming Zinichev (pictured collectively in 2010) – like him, as soon as a KGB operative – as his eventual successor

Zinichev (pictured centre on Tuesday), a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was taking part in military drills and exercises by law enforcement agencies in the city of Norilsk when he died

Zinichev (pictured centre on Tuesday), an in depth ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was participating in military drills and workouts by regulation enforcement businesses in the metropolis of Norilsk when he died

Zinichev was a former KGB and FSB officer, and had been deputy director of the Federal Security Service counterintelligence company.

He beforehand served as governor of Kaliningrad area, and like Putin, was born in Leningrad, now St Petersburg.

From 2006 to 2015, Zinichev served as Putin’s personal adjutant and is assumed to have as soon as been half of his safety element. Sources  stated that Putin had ‘complete belief’ in Zinichev.  

He had held his position as emergencies minister for 3 years and in addition sat on Russia’s highly effective safety council. In Russia, the emergencies minister is seen as an motion man function with a excessive profile.

Former president Dmitry Medvedev described Zinichev’s dying as an ‘irreplaceable loss’.   

Documentary filmmaker Alexander Melnik (pictured), 63, who Zinichev had been trying to save, also died on Wednesday

Documentary filmmaker Alexander Melnik (pictured), 63, who Zinichev had been attempting to avoid wasting, additionally died on Wednesday

Alexander Kots, of pro-state tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, stated the minister had died a hero.

‘He died as an expert who, even on a unconscious stage, had no different reflex than to hurry to the rescue, with out fascinated about himself.’ 

‘He got here to the Emergencies Ministry from the Lubyanka [FSB headquarters],’ he stated. ‘But …it would not matter what got here earlier than or who he was earlier than.

‘It is essential how he died.’

Zinichev was in the Arctic to supervise large-scale drills and visited the building website of a brand new fireplace station in Norilsk, in addition to a search and rescue group in the space, the ministry had stated in a press release earlier on Wednesday.

The the drills concerned Dudinka Arctic Search and Rescue group. 

Melnik, the documentary filmmaker, was famed for his work in Russia’s polar areas. He was married with three youngsters and 6 grandchildren. 

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