As reported by Censor.NET citing ZN.UA, The Times writes about it, recalling that Lesin was found dead at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington DC.
Russian propaganda strives to dictate an idea Putin's former adviser died of a heart attack. However, U.S. police say no cause of death has been determined. The investigation is underway, although there is no sign of foul play.
In 1999, Lesin was one of the few leaders of Russia's state television, who sanctioned airing of the scandalous video with Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation Yury Skuratov, author of an initiative to combat corruption. The video exposed him in a company of two prostitutes.
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From 1999 to 2004 Lesin served as minister of press and mass media, and in 2004-2009 he was a presidential media adviser. With Lesin in office, the Kremlin strengthened control over journalists who made reports from Chechnya during the wars and independent TV stations were taken under state control.
In 2005 Lesin was one of those who worked to set up English-language mouthpiece of Kremlin's propaganda Russia Today TV station.