Spain suspected late ex-adviser to Russian President Mikhail Lesin of money laundering
Spanish authorities have discovered many items of properties in Spain that belonged to Mikhail Lesin, his family, and people associated with him.
Former Russian Press Minister and ex-Head of Gazprom Media Mikhail Lesin was suspected of money-laundering in Spain. As reported by Rosbalt referring to sources, in 2015, Spanish law enforcement agencies collected information and made a request to the Russian authorities to find out the “true” reasons for Lesin’s dismissal in 2009. According to Spanish investigators, it could have been due to a suspicion of corruption. Although, Russia refused to cooperate.
As reported by Rosbalt, Spanish authorities have discovered many items of properties in Spain that belonged to Mikhail Lesin, his family, and people associated with him, including through offshore companies. It could have been purchased with illegal money.
The CrimeRussia previously reported that Spanish law enforcement agencies refused to continue the investigation into the legalization of Mikhail Lesin’s criminal proceeds in the kingdom.
To recall, the body of 57-year-old ex-Adviser to Russian President Mikhail Lesin was discovered in a suite at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington on November 5, 2015. A large amount of alcohol was found in the blood of the former politician; there were blunt injuries of his head, neck, and torso. The official version is that Lesin fell in his hotel room, hit badly, and died as a result of an accident. However, it was soon reported that Lesin was murdered on the eve of a scheduled meeting with employees of the US Department of Justice.
In February 2019, Radio Svoboda obtained the publication of the report on the circumstances of the influential Russian official's death. It said that the former minister had his neck as well as the hyoid bone broken.
From 2004 to 2009, Mikhail Lesin was Advisor to the President of Russia, however, he was dismissed from this position by President Medvedev with the harsh wording "for non-compliance with the ethics of a civil servant.” The Presidential Administration officials informally said that Lesin had abused the status of presidential adviser while doing business.
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