A retired Russian colonel charged with carrying President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear code remains hospitalized after being found shot at his home near Moscow.
Vadim Zimin, 53, was “very ill” on Monday and was in intensive care after his brother found him in a pool of blood, according to media reports.
A retired colonel from Russia’s Federal Security Service — the Soviet-era KGB — manages the briefcase containing the country’s nuclear codes. It always accompanies the leaders of the Kremlin.
Although he denies any wrongdoing, he has been the target of a criminal investigation following allegations of taking bribes while serving in senior positions in Russia’s customs service, according to the Mirror.
He also reportedly carried a nuclear briefcase as an aide to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.