Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mysterious Death of Russian Mikhail Lesin

Mysterious Death of Russian Mikhail Lesin --- ===

Washington's chief medical examiner and federal authorities released a joint statement saying Lesin died of blunt-force trauma to his head, sustained in his hotel room induced by falls amid acute ethanol intoxication found dead before noon on Thursday, November 5, 2015, in The Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C. He was found without any identification in a hotel room that was in his name RIA Novosti reported that Lesin died of a heart attack


Mikhail Lesin - Wikipedia
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Mikhail Yuriyevich Lesin was a Russian political figure, media executive and an adviser to president Vladimir Putin. In 2006 he was awarded the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", one of Russia's highest state decoration for civilians. Mikhail Lesin was nicknamed the Bulldozer (Russian: Бульдозер) because of his ability to ...

Death Lesin was found dead before noon on Thursday, November 5, 2015, in The Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C.[19][32][33][34] He was found without any identification in a hotel room that was in his name.[35][j] The original police report indicated an unknown victim in the room which was booked in his name.[35] After much time, a member from the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., confirmed the identity of the individual as Mikhail Yuriyevich Lesin.[35][37][38][39] A law enforcement official said there were no obvious signs of forced entry or foul play in his hotel room and that on the video surveillance, Lesin appeared disheveled when he returned to his hotel room.[3]

Russian News Agency TASS reported that an early investigation did not find any signs of violent death, quoting a police spokesman, Sean Hickman, as saying security had not seen anything suspicious. The spokesman said the nature of the investigation could change, depending on what was found at the scene and after an examination of the body.[7] On Friday, November 6, RIA Novosti reported that Lesin died of a heart attack citing a spokesman for the family as saying: "Today, Mikhail Lesin died ... His death came supposedly from a heart attack."[37][40][k] Washington's Metropolitan Police Departmentopened a "death investigation".[7] Russian officials said they would work with U.S. authorities to determine the circumstances of the death.[45] On November 7, 2015, the Kremlin released official condolences from president Vladimir Putin: "The president appreciates the enormous contribution made by Mikhail Lesin to the formation of modern Russian media."[l][46]

On March 10, 2016, Mashable stated that they had been informed by Beverly Fields that Lesin's cause of death was "blunt force injuries to the head," and that Lesin's body showed signs of "blunt force injuries of the neck, torso, upper extremities and lower extremities."[47] During a March 10 press conference, LaShon Beamon, spokesperson for the department of forensic sciences in the medical examiner's office, and Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the police, released an official joint statement that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head but the manner of death was still classified as "undetermined."[34][43][48][33][49]

On October 28, 2016, after a year-long investigation, Washington's chief medical examiner and federal authorities released a joint statement saying Lesin died of blunt-force trauma to his head, sustained in his hotel room induced by falls amid acute ethanol intoxication.[4] The investigation found Lesin had been on a days-long alcohol bender, saying:Mr. Lesin entered his hotel room on the morning of Nov. 4 … after days of excessive consumption of alcohol and sustained the injuries that resulted in his death while alone in his hotel room... [he] died as a result of blunt force injuries to his head, with contributing causes being blunt force injuries of the neck, torso, upper extremities, and lower extremities, which were induced by falls amid acute ethanol intoxication."[4]

Lesin is buried in Los Angeles.[50][51][52][m]
Murder allegations[edit]

In July 2017, BuzzFeed reported that multiple intelligence agencies believed Lesin was assassinated. An unnamed FBI agent told BuzzFeed, "What I can tell you is that there isn't a single person inside the bureau who believes this guy got drunk, fell down, and died. Everyone thinks he was whacked and that Putin or the Kremlin were behind it." The weapon was said to be a baseball bat.[54]

In 2018, BuzzFeed published details of a leaked report written for the FBI by Christopher Steele. The secret report, unconfirmed by the FBI, alleges that Lesin was bludgeoned to death by men working for an oligarch close to Putin. The report says the men were ordered to scare but not kill Lesin, but went too far. It says the hit men were Russian state security agents moonlighting for the oligarch. That the death occurred just prior to a scheduled meeting between Lesin and US Justice Department officials to discuss the inner workings of RT. According to BuzzFeed, three other people told a similar story to the FBI, independent of the Steele report.[55]

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Jul 28, 2017 - The US government ruled Mikhail Lesin’s death an accident, but multiple intelligence and law enforcement officials suspect it was a Russian hit. ... Vladimir Putin’s former media czar was murdered in Washington, DC, on the eve of a planned meeting with the US Justice Department ...


The US Death Of Putin's Media Czar Was Murder, Trump Dossier ...
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Mar 27, 2018 - The author of the famous Trump dossier provided a secret report to the FBI asserting that RT founder Mikhail Lesin was bludgeoned to death by thugs hired by an oligarch close to Putin.Three other sources independently told the FBI the same basic story, contradicting the ...

FBI Releases Files Into Death Of Former Russian Press Minister Lesin
https://www.rferl.org/a/fbi-lesin-investigation-files/29000879.html


Jan 26, 2018 - WASHINGTON -- The FBI has released dozens of pages from its investigation into the death of Mikhail Lesin, files that largely corroborate earlier police and other reports about the circumstances behind the former Russian press minister's 2015 death. The 56-page file, released by the U.S. law enforcement ...

Mikhail Lesin's Strange Death in US Follows a Fall From Russia's Elite
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Apr 2, 2016 - WASHINGTON — As happens sometimes with wealthy Russians, Mikhail Y. Lesin found his business and political fortunes in Vladimir Putin's Russia crumbling. Once an influential player in Mr. Putin's rise to power, he was abruptly dismissed from his position in the Kremlin's powerful media apparatus.


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Dec 7, 2017 - That so much of Mikhail Lesin's death remains unexplained more than two years later underscores the deep confusion in Washington over what American spies knew and didn't know about the depths of Russian subversion activities in 2015 and, more broadly, whether Moscow's subsequent ...

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Mar 27, 2018 - Mikhail Lesin, who founded the state-funded Russian news channel RT, was killed in 2015, and the death was initially ruled an accident by DC police.

FBI releases heavily-redacted docs on death of Russian media tycoon ...
https://www.rt.com/usa/417169-lesin-death-fbi-docs-released/


Jan 27, 2018 - The FBI has commented on the mysterious 2015 death of Russian media tycoon Mikhail Lesin in Washington, DC. The Bureau has chosen to release documents pertaining to the incident in heavily redacted form.