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Mikhail Lesin, Ex-Putin Aide, Died of Blunt Force Trauma

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Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Lesin in Vladivostok in 2002. (REUTERS/ITAR-TASS)

By    |   Friday, 11 Mar 2016 08:07 AM

Mikhail Lesin's death last November in a hotel room in Washington, D.C., wasn't from a heart attack as publicly thought but from blunt force trauma, according to a medial examiner.

Lesin, 57, was a former aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin and  helped create the Moscow-funded news channel Russia Today. His body was discovered in the Dupont Circle Hotel on Nov. 5 and he was pronounced dead at the scene, said The Associated Press.

Russia Today reported at the time that Lesin died of a heart attack. 

But D.C. Metropolitan Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said in a joint statement on Thursday that Lesin died of blunt force injuries of the head with contributing factors of blunt force injuries of the neck, torso, upper extremities and lower extremities. 

The manner of death was still undetermined and the case remained an active investigation, they said.

Lesin was Russia's press minister from 1999 to 2004 and presidential media adviser from 2004 to 2009, noted the English-language RT. After serving in the Russian government, Lesin became a senior executive at Gazprom-Media, Russia's largest media holding company, according to WRC-TV.

Putin had sent condolences to Lesin's family after his death, reported RT.

"The president has a high appreciation for Mikhail Lesin's massive contribution to the creation of modern Russian mass media," the Kremlin press service stated in November, according to RT.

Lesin said in 2007, according to RT, that he believed that Russian views were being heard worldwide to the benefit of the country.

"It's been a long time since I was scared by the word propaganda," Lesin said then. "We need to promote Russia internationally. Otherwise, we'd just look like roaring bears on the prowl."

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