A 55-year old head of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situation Eugeniy Zinichev lost his life while on duty, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.
During the interagency training on possible emergencies in the Arctic zone, the minister tried to save a human’s life, the agency said in a special report. Zinichev and the governor of the Krasnoyarsk Region Alexander Uss were on an inspection of the new firefighting station construction site in Dudinka settlement when the tragic incident occurred.
«The minister and a cameraman both were on the very edge of a cliff. The cameraman slid off the cliff towards the water. There were a lot of people but Zinichev was the first who rushed to rescue. He jumped into the water and died once hit the stone. He died as a real rescuer. Rest in peace. The cameraman has also died,» Margarita Simonyan, editor in chief of the Russia Today news agency, wrote on Telegram.
EugeniyZinichev was born on August 18, 1966, in Leningrad. From 1984-86, he served in the army. Later, he worked in security forces (1987-2015). In 2013 he received special training in the Military Academy of the General Staff. From 2016 to 2018 he held the position of deputy director of the Russian Federal Security Service. In 2018 he was appointed to the top position in the Ministry of Emergency Situations.