Putin’s Multi-Millionaire Media Mogul Dies Of Mysterious “Heart Attack” In Luxury DC Hotel

Saturday, November 7, 2015
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

Yesterday evening, a variety of mainstream wires reported that Mikhail Lesin, a close ally of The Kremlin and the man credited with “inspiring” the creation of Russia Today, was found dead on an “upper floor” in the hotel. Lesin was Russia’s Minister of Press, Television and Radio from 1999 to 2004 and also served as Putin’s media adviser. In 2013 he assumed a role as an executive at Gazprom-Media.

Apparently, no one knows why Lesin was in Washington, and as of Friday evening, authorities weren’t ready to reveal the identity of the 57-year old Russian national they found dead at the DuPont. But officials in Washington and Moscow confirmed that the deceased was indeed Lesin and Vladimir Putin “expressed his sincerest condolences”, RT says. From The Kremlin:

“The president has a high appreciation for Mikhail Lesin’s massive contribution to the creation of modern Russian mass media.

In the West, Lesin is most widely known for his role in conceiving Russia Today (now RT), a state-run English-language television network which offers an alternative, non-Western view of global events by encouraging viewers to ‘Question More’. Since its launch in 2005, RT has expanded across continents, broadcasting in multiple languages, and successfully presenting the Russian point of view on world events, something even its harshest critics have admitted. Lesin’s role in RT’s creation is arguably his greatest accomplishment.”

As of now, Lesin’s death has been written off to the ubiquitious unexplained “heart attack.” Here’s WaPo:

Lesin was the former executive of Gazprom-Media, the state-run holding company that controls much of the Russian press. RIA Novosti, a state news agency, quoted a family member confirming the death and saying it was from a heart attack.

Russia Today, without providing a source, suggested that Lesin had been suffering from a prolonged illness.

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