Ex-Putin aide Mikhail Lesin died of 'blow to the head'

A former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin who was found dead in the US last year, died of a blow to the head, officials say.

Mikhail Lesin also had blunt force injuries to the neck, torso, arms and legs, Washington DC's chief medical examiner said.

The 57-year-old was found at the city's Dupont Circle hotel in November.

Lesin was former Russian press minister and a one-time head of the powerful Gazprom-Media Holding group.

After his death, his family members were quoted by Russian media as saying that he had a 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 worked as an aide to the presidency between 2004 and 2009, when he helped advise on the creation of the news channel Russia Today (now known as RT).

He resigned from Gazprom-Media in 2014. After his death, President Putin spoke of Lesin's "enormous contribution" to Russian media. Read more...

Source: bbc.com

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