Monday 26 September 2016

Former Vladimir Putin aide who died mysteriously in hotel suffered blunt force injuries to head

Published 11/03/2016 | 12:42

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) listens during his meeting with Minister for Mass Media Mikhail Lesin (R) in the Kremlin in this August 28, 2000 file photo
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) listens during his meeting with Minister for Mass Media Mikhail Lesin (R) in the Kremlin in this August 28, 2000 file photo
Former Russian Media Minister Mikhail Lesin gestures during a news conference in Moscow in this September 20, 2000 file photo

A former aide to Vladimir Putin who was found dead in a Washington hotel room died of blunt force trauma to the head, a post-mortem has found.

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District of Columbia police spokesman Hugh Carew confirmed the results for Mikhail Lesin, who was found at the Dupont Circle Hotel in November.

Former Russian Media Minister Mikhail Lesin gestures during a news conference in Moscow in this September 20, 2000 file photo
Former Russian Media Minister Mikhail Lesin gestures during a news conference in Moscow in this September 20, 2000 file photo

The DC Medical Examiner's Office said in a statement that other contributing causes were blunt force injuries to the neck, torso, arms and legs.

Russian media had reported that Mr Lesin suffered a heart attack, citing relatives.

Mr Carew said police continue to investigate the death.

Mr Lesin was a media adviser to the Russian president who helped found the English-language news service Russia Today.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Russian Embassy in Washington has made multiple requests for information about the investigation into the death, but has received no substantive material.

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