"Mikhail Lesin was bludgeoned to death by thugs"
The author of the Trump-Russia dossier gave a report on the death of former Press Minister Lesin in Washington.
Christopher Steele’s report contradicts the official finding of the US government that Mikhail Lesin's death was accidental.
Author of the Trump-Russia dossier and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele provided a secret report to the FBI asserting that founder of RussiaToday (RT) Mikhail Lesin was killed in Washington.
Steele's report was confirmed by three other sources close to the investigation. They did not disclose their names. According to them, Lesin's death was not accidental; it contradicts the finding of the US government. Steele writes that "Vladimir Putin’s former media czar was beaten to death by hired thugs in Washington, DC." BuzzFeed News publishes this report.
Lesin’s corpse was found in a Washington, DC, hotel room on the morning of Nov. 5, 2015. The coroner determined that he had died from blunt force injuries to the head and had also sustained blunt force injuries to his neck, torso, upper extremities, and lower extremities. After an 11-month investigation, a federal prosecutor announced in late 2016 that Lesin died alone in his room due to a series of drunken falls “after days of excessive consumption of alcohol.” His death was ruled an “accident,” with the coroner adding acute alcohol intoxication as a contributing cause of death, and prosecutors closed the case.
After the case revision, the British government has opened a review of all 14 suspicious deaths linked to Russia that a BuzzFeed News investigation exposed last year.
The journalists of BuzzFeed also revealed new details about Lesin's death. It turned out that he died on the eve of a scheduled meeting with officials of the US Justice Department. They had planned to interview Lesin about the internal working of the RT network that he founded.
BuzzFeed writes that the case of Lesin's death resurfaced against the background of the case of poisoning former GRU officer Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. The UK believes that Skripal was poisoned by a nerve agent. London blames Russia for poisoning. Now the British government sees beyond to review each of the cases with the help of Britain’s security service and the police.
US intelligence officials told BuzzFeed News they had been watching the pattern of suspected assassinations across the Atlantic with increasing alarm, and Lesin’s death intensified those fears.
The son of a military construction worker, Lesin rose to become one of Russia’s most powerful and influential media officials. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, he ran a wildly successful advertising agency and developed the ad campaign that helped Boris Yeltsin win reelection to the presidency in 1996. Lesin went on to serve as Yeltsin’s Press Minister (1999-2004).
In 2005, he founded Russia Today, which he once described as a news channel to counter Western perspectives put out by the likes of CNN and BBC. Lesin also served as a presidential press adviser till 2009. From the autumn of 2013 to December 2014, Lesin headed Gazprom-Media holding company.