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Putin associate found dead in DC hotel

November 7, 2015

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Putin Associate Found Dead in DC Hotel

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A prominent Russian millionaire with high-level ties to the Kremlin has been found dead inside a Washington hotel, a Russian official and a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

Mikhail Lesin, the former head of media affairs for the Russian government who’s been accused of curtailing the country’s press freedoms, had been staying at Hotel Dupont when he was found Thursday, according to officials.

It’s unclear why the long-time adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Washington, but the Metropolitan Police Department is now investigating his death. On Thursday, U.S. authorities notified the Russian embassy in Washington that one of its citizens had died, and Russian officials are now working with American authorities to determine the circumstances of the death, the embassy told ABC News in a statement.

Citing an ongoing investigation, an MPD spokesman would only confirm the department is conducting a “death investigation.”

Lesin is credited with creating Russia Today, the English-language news network backed by the Russian government. Now known as RT, the network “provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints an international audience with the Russian viewpoint,” according to its website.

Lesin “led the Kremlin’s efforts to censor Russia’s independent television outlets,” one U.S. lawmaker charged last year.

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RT Co-Founder Reportedly Found Dead In D.C. Hotel

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Mikhail Lesin, who was formerly the top media affairs minister for the Russian government, died of a “heart stroke,” a family member reportedly told RIA Novosti.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Officer Sean Hickman told BuzzFeed News that there had been a death Thursday on the 1500 block of New Hampshire Avenue, where the Dupont Circle Hotel is located. An ABC News article on Lesin’s death reported that the location had been the “Hotel Dupont,” though a hotel by that exact name doesn’t exist in Washington. Hickman said “we have not confirmed the identity of the decedent” and said the death was “currently under investigation.”

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2 comments

  1. RT News Founder Mikhail Lesin Beaten To Death In US Hotel Room, But Police Said Cause Of Death Was Heart Attack; No Official Murder Investigation, Police Claim There Was No ‘Foul Play’:

    http://agreenroad.blogspot.nl/2016/03/rt-founder-mikhail-lesin-beaten-to.html


  2. http://www.zaplog.nl/zaplog/article/waarom_is_het_oorlog_papa



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