A Russian colonel who was in charge of carrying Vladimir Putin’s nuclear codes briefcase has been found shot at his home near Moscow.
Vadim Zimin, 53, is gravely ill in intensive care, say reports.
The nuclear controls briefcase always accompanies the Russian president.
Retired Federal Security Service (FSB) colonel Zimin had looked after it since be took on the role as aide-de-camp to former President Boris Yeltsin.
He continued in the security service rising to the role of colonel under his successor Vladimir Putin, but his precise role for the ex-KGB spy is unclear.
Zimin was found with gunshot wounds in the kitchen of his flat in Krasnogorsk, Moscow region.
At the time, his partner – a medic – was away treating the wounded from Putin’s war in Ukraine.
The shooting came as Zimin was facing criminal investigation for alleged bribe-taking after joining the customs service in a senior role, reported Moskovsky Komsomolets.
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