Am man believed to be guard working for Vladimir Putin reportedly shot himself dead inside the Kremlin.
Mikhail Valeryevich Zakharov, 33, took his own life while on duty overnight.
Some accounts said he worked for the personal protection department of Federal Protective Service (FSO), directly responsible for Putin’s security.
“The member of staff committed suicide while on duty. An investigation into the case has begun,” an “informed” a source told Russian news agency TASS.
Other reports say the deceased man’s unnamed wife was informed about his death but suicide was not mentioned.
Izvestia reported he was found “unconscious” close to the main cathedrals inside the Kremlin.
Further details of the precise circumstances were not given.
The man’s death comes amid claims that officers in the elite Kremlin protection service face a grinding workload due to staff shortages.
Some have complained that they are not paid for working extra hours.
The Federal Protective Service is responsible for the security of Putin and other high-ranking state officials.
It has the right to conduct searches and surveillance without warrants, make arrests, and give orders to other state agencies.
Eleven months ago, the deputy commander of the presidential regiment, part of the FSO, was found dead at his home in Moscow.
Roman Lotvin, 47, was reported to have died by hanging.
The Kremlin is a fortified complex in central Moscow which is the seat of power in Russia.
In March, an FSN sniper, aged 24, was found dead.