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‘Paranoid’ Vladimir Putin promotes ANOTHER bodyguard to high government post

Vladimir Putin has promoted Major General Alexander Kurenkov to be the Kremlin’s new Emergencies Minister — the sixth bodyguard of the Russian President to hold the role

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Vladimir Putin has promoted his former personal bodyguard to the Kremlin’s new Emergencies Minister.

The last man to hold the post was also a former Putin security guard – “who was being groomed for tsarism as a possible Kremlin successor” – who died under strange circumstances last year when he fell from a 90-foot waterfall on suspicion of murder .

Major General Alexander Kurenkov, 49, who was nominated by Putin today, is the sixth bodyguard of the Russian president to be appointed to a high government office.

Critics say an increasingly paranoid Putin only trusts those who have proven their loyalty by guarding his life.

Little is known about Kurenkov’s past and background.

Some claimed he served in counterintelligence with the FSB, as well as the FSO, which was responsible for guarding senior officials.

Pictures show ex-school teacher Kurenkov as a bodyguard near the now 69-year-old Putin on various visits.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Putin knows him well personally.







Alexander Kurenkov was appointed Minister of Emergencies by Vladimir Putin
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“And the election means Kurenkov’s personal, service and professional qualities will, according to the head of state, enable him to serve in that capacity.”

It took Putin eight months to nominate a replacement for the last emergency minister, Yevgeny Sinichev, 55, who was also a former presidential bodyguard.

According to official versions, he was killed in September 2021 in the Putorana Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Arctic Siberia, while trying to “save a man” at the 90-foot Kitabo-Oron Waterfall.







Kurenkov is Putin’s sixth bodyguard to fill this role
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Putin was visibly shocked at Sinichev’s funeral and called his death an “irretrievable personal loss”.

Some analysts believed Putin made Sinichev – like he was once a KGB agent – his eventual successor.

He was already deputy FSB director and deputy in the Ministry of Defense.

Zinichev, who held the rank of general, had experienced a spectacular rise under Putin.







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When he died in the mysterious arctic incident, he was given a new powerful role in the Kremlin’s Security Council.

There were even suspicions that his death was not an accident, but few details have been released.

Professor Valery Solovey – linked to Telegram Channel General SVR – claimed: “I will say right away that it was not the death but the murder of the General.

“He didn’t die alone, several other people died with him.”

If so, it was never announced, although the man he was trying to “save”, documentary filmmaker and cameraman Alexander Melnik, 63, also died.







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Putin posthumously awarded him the honor of Hero of Russia.

His successor, Kurenkov, “was working as Putin’s senior aide,” a source told RBC.

He later served as deputy director of the Russian National Guard – which reports directly to Putin.

He has been promoted to the rank of major general in recent years.

The appointment of the ex-bodyguard is to be approved by the Russian parliament.







Putin’s former bodyguard and Emergencies Minister Sergei Morozov, who was then appointed governor of the Astrakhan region before returning to the intelligence services as a major general
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The Emergencies Minister is a high-profile job in Russia, struggling with floods, wildfires and storms, but also seen as a key portfolio of security.

It was in this role that Sergei Shoigu – now Minister of Defense – made a name for himself.

It is unclear whether Putin sees Kurenkov as a possible successor.

An ex-bodyguard, Alexey Dyumin, 49, is the governor of the Tula region.

Another, Dmitry Mironov, 53, is now Putin’s assistant after serving as governor of the Yaroslavl region.

Another Sergei Morozov, 49, was appointed governor of the Astrakhan region before returning to the intelligence services as a major general.

The tallest of all the ex-bodyguards is the hyper-loyalist General Viktor Zolotov, 68, who heads the Russian National Guard.

He was also a guard for Russia’s first post-communist president, Boris Yeltsin.

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