Kremlin critic Igor Sushko is currently reporting on Twitter and the Daily Mirror about the mysterious gunshot wound to the former security guard of the President of the Russian Federation.
An Izh 79-9TM pistol is said to have been lying next to the seriously injured man. His brother found the retired colonel who was apparently accused of corruption. Zimin has reportedly been in a coma in a hospital for several days. According to other Russian reports, Vadim Zimin has since died.
The man who carried the nuclear suitcase for Russian President Vladimir Putin and before that for Boris Yeltsin has been found seriously injured in his apartment in Krasnogorsk, west of Moscow.
Apparently Colonel Vadim Zimin was wounded by gunfire. The ex-bodyguard is said to have been seen with Vladimir Putin at the funeral of ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, euronews reports.
Kremlin critic Sushko points to Zimin’s possible connections – as Boris Yeltsin’s former bodyguard – with the Deripaska family of oligarchs: “Since Zimin was Yeltsin’s personal bodyguard, his loyalty could have been to this family. Note that Deripaska’s wife, who was recently indicted by the FSB in a (faked) coup attempt, is Yeltsin’s granddaughter.”
Oleg Deripaska is the head of several Russian companies – including RUSAL, one of the largest aluminum producers in the world. Ever since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the billionaire had made it clear that he was critical of the war and also warned of the negative economic consequences for Russia. According to Putin’s critics, Deripaska’s wife should be accused of involvement in alleged coup plans against the president.
The Austrian Strabag major shareholder and NEOS main sponsor Hans Peter Haselsteiner was delighted in 2007 when the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and his Rasperia Trading joined the local construction giant Strabag. Only in March of this year – weeks after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – did this business relationship end.