Court orders Washington authorities to release documents relating to Lesin’s death case

Court orders Washington authorities to release documents relating to Lesin’s death case
Mikhail Lesin

The department of morbid anatomy has been ordered to release various documents - including toxicological data and email correspondence - till February 20. Some of the information which is confidential can be concealed.

Court for the District of Columbia has ordered Washington authorities to release the autopsy results and other documents relating to death of a former Russian Minister Mikhail Lesin whose dead body was found in a hotel room in November, 2015, reports Radio Liberty. The court upheld the claim for the U.S. authorities submitted by the radio station - in compliance with the Act on free access to information.

According to official data, Lesin’s death was caused by a blow with a blunt object which could be a result of falling. Some people believe this does not exclude murder. It was reported Lesin had been about to share information with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The department of morbid anatomy has been ordered to release various documents - including toxicological data and email correspondence - till February 20. Some of the information which is confidential can be concealed.

During the hearings, Washington authorities stated the non-disclosure of private life of Lesin’s relatives was more important than the public interest in circumstances of his death, however the court rejected the arguments. Besides that, the judge rejected an argument according to which the declassification of documents might cast a negative light to the police and FBI who carried out investigation into Lesin’s death.

Initially, the cause of Lesin’s death was not indicated, but in the final version spread by the attorney office and police it was stated that “the death was caused by heavy neck, body and lower limb injuries, however they were of an accidental nature due to the fact that they were caused by falling.” Acute alcoholic intoxication was also mentioned.

Reporter of Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe Mike Eckel gives an example of an eyewitness’ opinion who believes it was unlikely that Lesin had been alone in his hotel room at the time of death. Photos taken by the police show a lot of alcohol bottles, bundles of dollar bank-notes and piles of tired clothes. Before he moved to a cheap hotel where he subsequently died, Lesin had lived in a ritzy hotel. It is being reported that once he appeared there in an advanced state of intoxication, but the hotel’s administration summoned representatives of the Secret Service (instead of police) who deal with security of the country’s President and safety and security arrangements of its system of finance. One of the representatives of the Secret Service recommended the administration to keep a guard near Lesin’s room not to let him out.

Mikhail Lesin played an essential role in translation of federal channels - including NTV - under the control of Kremlin. He also founded Russia Today and owned Video International that was a key player in the advertising market of the former USSR and Eastern Europe. From 1999 till 2004, Lesin was a Minister of Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. He owned mansions in Los Angeles and a yacht worth of $40 million.

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