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Putin promotes bodyguard to Emergencies Minister after predecessor fell to death from 90ft waterfall

Vladimir Putin has promoted his former personal bodyguard to be the Kremlin’s new Emergencies Minister, months after his predecessor mysteriously fell to his death from a waterfall.

Major-General Alexander Kurenkov, 49, nominated as we speak by Putin, is the sixth bodyguard to the Russian president to be appointed to excessive authorities office.

The final man to maintain the put up was Yevgeny Zinichev, additionally an ex-Putin guard, who died falling down a 90ft waterfall amid suspicions of homicide. 

Vladimir Putin has promoted his former personal bodyguard Alexander Kurenkov to be the Kremlin's new Emergencies Minister (pictured together)

Vladimir Putin has promoted his former personal bodyguard Alexander Kurenkov to be the Kremlin’s new Emergencies Minister (pictured collectively)

The final man to maintain the put up was Yevgeny Zinichev, additionally an ex-Putin guard, who died falling down a 90ft waterfall amid suspicions of homicide (pictured on the Kremlin collectively in April 2020)

Nicknamed ‘the person with no face’, little is understood about Kurenkov’s previous and background, with claims he had served within the FSB counterintelligence company in addition to the FSO, accountable for guarding senior officers.

Pictures present ex-school trainer Kurenkov as a bodyguard shut to Putin, now 69, on varied visits.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned: ‘Putin is aware of him nicely personally.

‘And the selection implies that, in accordance to the top of the state, Kurenkov’s personal, service, {and professional} qualities will enable him to serve on this perform.’ 

Critics say an more and more paranoid Putin solely totally trusts those that have proved their loyalty by guarding his life. 

Nicknamed 'the man without a face', little is known about Kurenkov's past and background (pictured together)

Nicknamed ‘the person with no face’, little is understood about Kurenkov’s previous and background (pictured collectively)

Pictures show ex-school teacher Kurenkov as a bodyguard close to Putin, now 69, on various visits (circled right)

Pictures present ex-school trainer Kurenkov as a bodyguard shut to Putin, now 69, on varied visits (circled proper)

Official data mentioned Zinichev, who was ‘being groomed for tsardom as a doable successor’ to Putin, was killed attempting to ‘save a person’ on the Kitabo-Oron waterfall in September on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Siberia. 

Putin was visibly distraught at Zinichev’s funeral, calling his death an ‘irreplaceable personal loss’.

Some analysts believed Putin had been grooming Zinichev – like him as soon as a KGB operative – as his eventual successor.

He had already served as deputy FSB director and second in command on the defence ministry.

Zinichev, who held the rank of normal, had loved a spectacular rise below Putin and had been tipped for a brand new highly effective position on the Kremlin’s safety council when he was killed within the mysterious Arctic incident.

Professor Valery Solovey – linked to Telegram Channel General SVR – claimed: ‘I’ll say straight away that it was not the death, however the homicide, of the final.

Putin was visibly distraught at Zinichev's funeral, calling his death an 'irreplaceable personal loss'

Putin was visibly distraught at Zinichev’s funeral, calling his death an ‘irreplaceable personal loss’

Some analysts believed Putin had been grooming Zinichev - like him once a KGB operative - as his eventual successor

Some analysts believed Putin had been grooming Zinichev – like him as soon as a KGB operative – as his eventual successor

‘He didn’t die alone, a number of different folks died with him.’

The man he allegedly tried to save, documentary-maker-cameraman Alexander Melnik, 63, additionally died.

Putin awarded him a posthumous Hero of Russia honour.

His substitute Kurenkov had ‘labored as Putin’s senior adjutant’, a supply informed RBC.

Later he was deputy director of the Russian nationwide guard – which solutions instantly to Putin.

He was in recent times promoted to the rank of Major-General.

The ex-bodyguard’s appointment is predicted to be rubber-stamped by the Russian parliament.

Dmitry Mironov, 53, is now an assistant to Putin after a stint as governor of Yaroslavl region

Dmitry Mironov, 53, is now an assistant to Putin after a stint as governor of Yaroslavl area

Emergencies Minister is a excessive profile job in Russia, battling with flooding, wildfires and storms, but additionally seen as a key safety portfolio.

It was on this position that Sergei Shoigu — now defence minister — made his identify.

It is unclear if Putin sees Kurenkov as a doable successor.

One ex-bodyguard Alexey Dyumin, 49, is governor of Tula area.

Another, Dmitry Mironov, 53, is now an assistant to Putin after a stint as governor of Yaroslavl area.

Yet one other Sergei Morozov, 49, was made governor of Astrakhan area earlier than returning to the key providers as a Major-General.

Highest flying of all ex-bodyguards is Uber-loyalist General Viktor Zolotov, 68, who heads the Russian nationwide guard.

He had additionally been a guard to Russia’s first post-communist president Boris Yeltsin.

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