A man believed to be a security guard working for Vladimir Putin reportedly shot himself in the Kremlin.
Mikhail Valeryevich Zakharov, 33, took his own life during the night.
Some accounts said he worked for the Federal Protection Agency’s (FSO) personal protection department, which was directly responsible for Putin’s security.
The employee committed suicide while on duty. An investigation into the matter has begun, ”an” informed “source told Russian news agency TASS.
Other reports say that the deceased’s unnamed wife was notified of his death, but suicide was not mentioned.
Izvestia reported that he was found “unconscious” near the main Kremlin cathedrals.
Further details on the exact circumstances were not given.
The man’s death comes amid claims that elite Kremlin Protection Service officers are facing heavy workloads due to staff shortages.
Some have complained that they are not being paid for extra hours.
The Federal Protection Agency is responsible for the safety of Putin and other senior government officials.
It has the right to conduct searches and surveillance without warrant, make arrests and issue orders to other government agencies.
Eleven months ago, the deputy commander of the presidential regiment, part of the FSO, was found dead in his home in Moscow.
Roman Lotvin, 47, is said to have died by hanging.
The Kremlin is a fortified complex in the center of Moscow, the seat of power in Russia.
In March, a 24-year-old FSN sniper was found dead.