Russian Colonel Vadim Zimin, who used to carry Vladimir Putin’s nuclear suitcase to mock Western powers, was shot at his home in Moscow and remains critically ill in hospital
The Russian colonel who used to carry Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear suitcase has been shot dead at his home near Moscow.
Vadim Zimin, the 53-year-old retired colonel, was shot at his home and is now critically ill in intensive care, reports said.
Colonel Zimin was in charge of the nuclear briefcase, accompanying the Kremlin leader and carrying his nuclear warhead checks during his time as an active member of the Federal Security Service.
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The colonel is said to have performed the trusted role for the current Russian president alongside former President Boris Yeltsin, handling the doomsday suitcase for the 69-year-old Russian leader.
Zimin was a member of the FSS and rose through the ranks until he was promoted to colonel under his successor, Vladimir Putin.
However, the exact role of the seriously ill colonel is still unknown, as the ex-KGB spy was found with gunshot wounds in the kitchen of his apartment in Krasnogorsk, Moscow.
The wife of Zimin, a medic, was not at home as she is reportedly treating soldiers fighting in the invasion of Ukraine.
The 53-year-old colonel was under house arrest on charges of bribery after joining the customs service in a senior position, with Zimin denying any wrongdoing.
Colonel Zimin was spotted at the home by his brother, who was reportedly in the bathroom at the time of the shooting and saw the 53-year-old in a pool of blood with a head wound.
He says the elusive colonel, who was rarely photographed, was found injured with an Izh 79-9TM pistol lying nearby.
During his time at Putin’s side, the colonel was seen as a knowing mockery of Western powers and carried around a briefcase said to contain nuclear codes at most public appearances.
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