MOSCOW — A senior authorities official died on Wednesday when he dove off a cliff making an attempt to avoid wasting a outstanding movie director who had fallen into the water throughout a drill in Russia’s Far North, officers confirmed.
Yevgeny N. Zinichev, the minister of emergency conditions, “was tragically killed whereas on responsibility, whereas collaborating in interagency workouts designed to guard the Arctic zone from emergencies, as he tried to avoid wasting an individual’s life,” a press release from his ministry stated.
Mr. Zinichev, who was visiting town of Norilsk as a part of a multicity drill involving 6,000 folks, dived into the water after Aleksandr Melnik, the director, slipped and fell off a moist rock, the ministry’s press service informed native reporters. The Russian-state information company, TASS, reported that Mr. Melnik, who was scouting areas for a documentary, additionally died.
“He didn't hesitate for a second, not as a minister, however as a rescuer, having dedicated a heroic act,” Russia’s deputy emergency minister Andrei Gurovich stated of Mr. Zinichev to the Russia 24 TV channel.
“He lived like that each one his life.”
As minister of emergencies, Mr. Zinichev was liable for managing the nation’s response to pure and man-made disasters, together with the forest fires raging in Siberia.
The place is taken into account influential in Russia. Its earlier holder, Sergey Ok. Shoigu, a confidant of President Vladimir V. Putin, oversaw the ministry for twenty years earlier than changing into protection minister in 2012.
Mr. Zinichev, who was 55, started working for the Russian safety providers in 1987 and have become a member of Mr. Putin’s safety element in 2006.
In 2014, he turned deputy head of the counterterrorism service of Russia’s home intelligence company, often known as the F.S.B. From 2016-2018 he was its deputy head. He was appointed emergency minister in Could 2018, and in addition served on Russia’s Safety Council.
Mr. Zinichev’s is the primary dying of a sitting minister in Russia, in keeping with the BBC. Mr. Putin expressed his condolences from the Siberian taiga, the place he was spending a couple of days with Mr. Shoigu, in keeping with his spokesman Dmitri Peskov.