$50m-worth real estate in US of late Russian Minister of Press put up for sale
Two mansions associated with the former Russian Minister of Press and former Head of Gazprom-Media who died in Washington are estimated at more than $50 million.
The prestigious district of Los Angeles, Brentwood sells a mansion in the Mediterranean style with an area of about 1000 square meters, owned by company Dastel Holdings, registered with the son of Mikhail Lesin Anton, Newsru.com reports with the reference to American media outlet The Real Deal.
The house has 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, a wine cellar, large storerooms, a sauna with a steam room, an elevator, a huge dining room, an underground garage to name a few.
The house in Brentwood
The mansion bought in 2012 for $9 million is now estimated at $23 million.
The same company is selling another house with an area of about 1200 square meters in Beverly Hills. It has a billiard room, a cinema with 16 seats, a gym with a sauna, a garage for five cars and parking for guests. The house price is $28 million. It is known that such celebrities as actors Samuel L. Jackson and Eddie Murphy, singer Rod Stewart, legendary basketball player Magic Johnson and others live in this fashionable village with 24-hour security. At the same time, the address of the house coincides with the legal address of company Dastel Holdings.
The house in Beverly Hills
When alive Lesin strongly denied having his real estate in the US. According to him, the mansions belonged to his children Anton and Ekaterina, who "arranged their lives themselves, took loans for these transactions". It should be noted that the Lesins moved to America in 2009, after he was dismissed from his post as an adviser to the Russian president for excessive activity in business.
On November 5, 2015 the 57-year-old ex-Head of Gazprom-Media was found dead at Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington. Following an investigation that lasted about a year, the police and the administration of the forensic medical expert at Washington announced that Lesin had died of blunt head injuries. His death was recognized as an accident, an additional reason for which was acute alcohol poisoning. It is assumed that after a long drinking-bout he fell in the room when he was alone there.
At the same time, the source of The New York Times reported that the former minister could be injured before returning to the hotel.
The media also suggested that the death of the Russian media tycoon was not accidental. In particular, it was reported that he was eliminated to prevent a deal with the US authorities. It is known that the FBI was closely watching him. Moreover, a year earlier, Republican senator Roger Wiker asked the US intelligence service to check whether the former Russian official violated legislation on corruption and money laundering. Wicker believed that Lesin's real estate in the US could cost $28 million.
In addition, his relationship with the Kremlin and Yury Kovalchuk, the Head of Rossiya bank, was pointed out. Therefore, some people might not be happy with his intention to gain a foothold in the United States.
There were also bolder assumptions that Lesin did not die at all, but was under the program for the protection of witnesses.
Lesin headed the Ministry of Press, Broadcasting and Mass Communications of Russia from 1999 to 2004. In 2005, he was at the wellspring of Russia Today, aimed at a Western viewer. He was also the founder of company Video International, engaged in placing advertisements on the main TV channels of the country. Then until 2009 he worked as a presidential adviser on media issues. From autumn 2013 to December 2014, Lesin was the Head of Gazprom-Media holding.
The businessman stated that he had given the money to the Head of the Main Directorate of Interdepartmental Cooperation and Internal Security of the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) for "advancing the case" on the watch stolen from him by ICR officers.