Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s condolences over the death of Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev
A tragedy has happened. Minister for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Natural Disaster Relief of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Zinichev has lost his life.
When a participant in the exercises in Siberia fell from a cliff, Zinichev jumped off it to help without thinking twice. He acted as a real rescue worker rather than a big boss or a minister.
We were close friends. The Foreign Ministry and the Emergencies Ministry had many joint projects on developing uniform standards, preventing emergencies and eliminating their consequences. He devoted his whole life to improving the work of his Ministry and preserving its glorious traditions.
We will always cherish the memory of Yevgeny Zinichev.