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Billionaire Mikhail Y. Lesin died from a heart attack, Russian media said in November when his body was found slumped in the bathroom.
But on Thursday, the district's cheif medical examiner's office said Lesin died from blunt force injuries to his head. The office did not explain the length of time from Lesin's death to its test results being announced, The New York Times reported.
The medical examiner's office also said Lesin's body had blunt force trauma to the neck, torso, arms and legs.
Nicknamed the 'Bulldozer', Lesin was one of the key props of the Putin presidency, personally masterminding a wide-ranging media crackdown which has left the vast majority of Russian TV stations and newspapers obedient to the Kremlin.
He also set up Russia Today, now RT, seen by critics as a 'propaganda' channel aimed at the West.
Mere weeks before his death was announced, he fathered a child with glamorous model and flight attendant Victoria Rakhimbayeva.
She is believed to be aged 29, with whom he had enjoyed a close relationship since at least mid-2014, after the break-up of his marriage.
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There are unsubstantiated claims in Moscow that when he died he was in debt to billionaire Yury Kovalchuk, one of Putin's closest big business friends.
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Lesin stepped down as head of state-controlled Russian broadcasting giant Gazprom-Media in December 2014 for what he described as family reasons. Prior to his resignation, had spent time living in California -- specifically in Beverly Hills -- for several years prior to his death, according to his friends and U.S. court documents.