Russia’s Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev has died in an accident during an Arctic civil defence exercise.
The ministry said Zinichev, 55, had died in Norilsk while trying to save a cameraman’s life.
The cameraman had fallen off a cliff during an interview, according to Margarita Simonyan, the head of a Russian broadcaster.
Zinichev had been emergencies minister since 2018 and for years was reportedly a key member of President Vladimir Putin’s security detail.
A Kremlin statement said Mr. Putin had shared many years working with Zinichev and spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was a great loss.
Some 6,000 people were taking part in the large-scale Arctic drill.
The unprecedented two-day exercise was organised by Zinichev’s department and stretched across the Russian Arctic.