Russian Colonel Carrying Putin’s Nuclear Code Briefcase Found Shot

Vadim Zimin carried Putin's nuclear code case for him

Vadim Zimin carried Putin’s nuclear code case for him (Image: TV Zvezda/east2west news)

A Russian colonel responsible for transporting Vladimir Putin’s nuclear code briefcase was found shot dead at his home near Moscow.

Vadim Zimin, 53, is critically ill in intensive care, reports said.

The nuclear control briefcase always accompanies the Russian President.

Retired Federal Security Service (FSB) colonel Zimin had taken care of it since taking on the role of aide-de-camp to former President Boris Yeltsin.

He remained in security and rose to the rank of colonel under his successor, Vladimir Putin, but his exact role for the ex-KGB spy is unclear.

Zimin was found with gunshot wounds in the kitchen of his apartment in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Region.

At the time, his partner – a medic – was away treating people wounded in Putin’s war in Ukraine.

The shooting occurred as Zimin was being prosecuted for alleged bribery after he joined the Customs Service in a senior capacity, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.

On May 7, 2012, Vladimir Putin received a nuclear suitcase back.

Vladimir Putin gets back a nuclear case on May 7, 2012 (Image: news)

He was under house arrest pending criminal proceedings and had denied any wrongdoing.

Russian media reported the officer “attempted to commit suicide” after drinking with his brother.

Zimin was spotted by his brother, who was reportedly in the bathroom at the time of Monday’s shooting.

He was lying in a pool of blood with a head wound, and an Izh 79-9TM pneumatic pistol was lying next to him.

Putin was previously pictured with Zimin, who carried next to him the nuclear codes seen as a symbolic threat to the West.

He did so in April while attending the funeral of ultra-nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky in Moscow.

The briefcase contains the launcher for the Kremlin’s strategic missiles.

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