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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.
Billionaire Putin Aide battered to death in DC hotel....
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.
WASHINGTON — The mysterious death here of a prominent Russian businessman and former government minister last year was an accident caused by a drunken fall inside his hotel room, the prosecutor’s office announced on Friday as investigators officially closed the case.
The death of Mikhail Y. Lesin, who once played an influential role in President Vladimir V. Putin’s control of the news media in Russia, generated significant attention because of the proximity he had to the Kremlin and the unexpected loss of favor before his self-imposed exile in the United States.
For months, speculation swirled that Mr. Lesin was murdered, perhaps by a commercial rival or, more ominously, as a warning to those who betrayed the Kremlin. While no evidence ever emerged supporting either theory, speculation intensified when the city’s medical examiner in March attributed his death to blunt trauma to his head, neck, limbs and torso.
Now, nearly a year later, the authorities have settled on a more prosaic tale, determining that he died from injuries sustained after a bout of drinking. He was 57.
originally posted by: theultimatebelgianjoke
a reply to: AndyFromMichigan
Are you suggesting that US procecutors are Russian stooges ?
I have no problem believing the drunken russian story.