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Nephew of Sergei Shoigu’s right-hand man in Russian defence ministry is killed by Ukrainian forces

The nephew of Sergei Shoigu’s right-hand man at the Russian Defense Ministry is killed by Ukrainian forces: the paratrooper commander becomes the first relative of a senior Putin official to die during the invasion

  • The nephew of the deputy of the Russian defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, killed in the war
  • Captain Adam Khamkhoyev, 30, a paratrooper commander, died on Friday.
  • His uncle, Colonel General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, 58, Russia’s hard-line deputy defense minister under Shoigu, attended the funeral in civilian clothes.

The Russian Defense Minister’s right-hand nephew, Sergei Shoigu, was killed by Ukrainian forces in the war.

Captain Adam Khamkhoyev, 30, a paratrooper commander, was killed Friday night in Ukraine and later buried in the southern Russian province of Ingushetia.

His uncle, Colonel General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, 58, Russia’s hard-line deputy defense minister under Shoigu, attended the funeral in civilian clothes.

Khamkhoyev’s death marks the first time a relative of a senior Putin official has died during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Captain Adam Khamkhoyev, 30, a paratrooper commander, was killed Friday night in Ukraine and later buried in the southern Russian province of Ingushetia.

Captain Adam Khamkhoyev, 30, a paratrooper commander, was killed Friday night in Ukraine and later buried in the southern Russian province of Ingushetia.

His uncle, Colonel General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, 58, Russia's hard-line deputy defense minister, attended the funeral in civilian clothes.  In the photo: Yevkurov (left) with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

His uncle, Colonel General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, 58, Russia’s hard-line deputy defense minister, attended the funeral in civilian clothes. In the photo: Yevkurov (left) with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Locals attended the funeral of Khamkhoyev, a Russian paratrooper commander, in Ingushetia on Sunday.

Locals attended the funeral of Khamkhoyev, a Russian paratrooper commander, in Ingushetia on Sunday.

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, Russian Deputy Defense Minister

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, Russian Deputy Defense Minister

Yevkurov, a leading pro-war figure in Vladimir Putin’s government, flew to Karabulak, Ingushetia, to attend his nephew’s funeral on Sunday. “He shared his condolences, spoke with the elders and the religious part of the community and then flew back to Moscow,” the Baza media outlet said.

Khamkhoyev, a graduate of the elite Ryazan Airborne Forces school, was the commander of a Russian airborne assault squad and the son of Yevkurov’s sister.

The commander’s body was returned home immediately, in contrast to waiting weeks or months for other grieving relatives.

Yevkurov, himself a career soldier and decorated paratrooper who won the honor of Hero of Russia, the country’s highest award, has not commented on his nephew’s death.

Russia has not given details of where or how Khamkhoyev died.

Yevkurov is a former governor of Ingushetia, and is now one of Putin’s deputies to close ally Shoigu, the Russian defense minister.

Yevkurov, 58, (circled) Russia's hardline deputy defense minister, attended the funeral in civilian clothes.

Yevkurov, 58, (circled) Russia’s hardline deputy defense minister, attended the funeral in civilian clothes.

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, then head of Ingushetia, meets with President Vladimir Putin in 2015

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, then head of Ingushetia, meets with President Vladimir Putin in 2015

Yevkurov was the subject of an assassination attempt in 2009.

In March, Yevkurov was seen visiting a soldier who was bedridden in hospital.

The soldier had lost a leg and seemed wide-eyed and scared when Yevkurov told him: ‘I hope you recover.’

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