Russian minister dies trying to save filmmaker in Arctic drills
Moscow: Russia’s emergencies minister has died trying to save a filmmaker who slipped from a cliff during training exercises in the Arctic, officials said Wednesday.
Yevgeny Zinichev, who previously served in President Vladimir Putin’s security detail, is the first Russian cabinet member to die on duty.
He was lauded by senior government officials and the Russian leader as a loyal civil servant and a "hero”. The UK’s ambassador in Russia also offered condolences.
The 55-year-old "tragically died trying to save a person’s life” near the city of Norilsk, the ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.
The ministry identified the filmmaker as 63-year-old Alexander Melnik who produced several films set in the Arctic region. It said he also died in the incident that took place earlier Wednesday. – AFP