Former Putin aide died of head injuries in DC hotel

A former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin who was found dead in a US hotel four months ago died of head injuries, US coroners say.

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3/11/16 – (BBC)  Mikhail Lesin, 57, also had blunt force injuries to the neck, torso, arms and legs, Washington DC’s chief medical examiner said. However the examiner did not conclude how the injuries had been sustained.

At the time, Russian media had reported Lesin’s death in Washington as a suspected heart attack.

Lesin was for a long time considered one of the most influential figures on the Russian media scene and in the corridors of power.

He was a former Russian press minister and once headed the powerful Gazprom-Media Holding group.

He was found dead on 5 November 2015 in the Dupont Circle Hotel. It is unclear why he was in Washington but several family members were resident in the US and had business interests there.

He worked as an aide to the presidency between 2004 and 2009 and was instrumental in the creation of Russia’s state-funded international broadcaster RT (formerly known as Russia Today).


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