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Was Putin’s former press minister murdered in Washington?

Mikhail Lesin

Mikhail Lesin

… by Jim W. Dean,  VT Editor

Lesin's timing was good for his rise in both media and politics

Lesin’s timing was good for his rise in both media and politics

The death of Mikhail Lesin last November 5th, Putin’s former Press Minister, has had a hush hush investigation up until this past week. 

After an initial Russian report by the family of a heart attack death, it was reported that the Russian government was being stiff-armed by the State Department on providing any details.

We now know why. The autopsy showed he died of blunt force trauma, not just of the head, but all over his body. He had been severely beat up.

We would assume this indicated an altercation or attack in his Dupont Circle Hotel room — but the case takes another twist, with the new report that investigators are looking into whether he was assaulted before returning to his room.

There has been no word mentioned about the hotel security cameras, but you can bet they know if anyone came to Lesin’s room with him, and if not, that indicates the focus on an outside attack, where he might have come back to his room and then died on a head injury. I am assuming that no one carried the dead Lesin back to his room as that usually attracts a lot of attention in an five-star hotel.

Washington police are handling the case quietly… with no press reports on hotel witnesses, or how the body was discovered, etc… the usual in a sensitive death like this.

But the Russians, after being kept “officially” in the dark for several months are now in direct contact — that delay is story in itself — and it’s strange that Moscow has been so quiet on it. This tells me they already know some things about it that they do not want public.

Lesin was in Beverly Hills

Lesin was in Beverly Hills

We are finally getting some history on Lesin now. He son is a successful Hollywood producer, a strange thing to accomplish for an outsider to an exclusive club. But with a quick Google it turns up that he is Jewish, so he had his Hollywood club card.

It seems mom and dad moved to LA so dad could work with his son for a while, moved back to Russia, and then retired. Records show he had bought luxury real estate in Europe, also.

Lesin brought some cash (or someone else’s) when he moved to LA after leaving government service in Russia, buying $28 million in real estate there, including his $4+ million dollar house.

Lesin had already been a financially successful advertising media wheel in Russia before he went into politics, and played a key role in helping Putin get elected. Whether that wealth was all his, or he was fronting for those who all shared it, we do not know.

The house is in a holding company, not unusual at all for foreign buyers. But what is unusual is that the registered agent for the holding company has never heard of Lesin. This is an indication that the money may not have been all his, but where he was fronting for a group who set the son up in the movie business for some reason.

Once property is in corporate names like this, the stock can change hands several times a year through offshore trusts, with the owner of record never changing. Who is living in the property, when and why is of no interest to the registered agent, and accountant in Lesin’s case.

Pyotr Aven with Putin

Pyotr Aven with Putin

Radio Free Europe has reported that Lesin was a no show at a Ritz-Carlton gala event honoring Russian billionaire [about $5 billion] and philanthropist Pyotr Aven.

My instincts tell me there is a lot of fire under this smoking case, possibly due to the age-old  problem of someone fronting for well-heeled questionable money sources, where some of that money had disappeared, which resulted in some unhappy people.

Senator Roger Wicker had asked the Justice Department to look into whether Lesin’s wealth may have been the result of corrupt or money laundering enterprises, but there are no open investigations on Lesin, an indication that Wicker himself was fronting for someone in making the charges with no real evidence himself.

Just Google him to follow the story.



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6 Responses to "Was Putin’s former press minister murdered in Washington?"

  1. JS  March 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    So he was murdered on Nov. 5, Guy Fawkes Day. Maybe the perpetrators wore V for Vendetta masks.

  2. Beydety  March 12, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Natural causes my arse.

  3. alan colorado  March 12, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Lesin’s death and Scalia’s are 2 more added to the fast growing list of key people who are in the cabal’s way. Any investigation into Scalia’s death is being stifled by every one and his brother saying that he was a pedophile. Top pedophiles don’t get offed. They have always banded together and protected one another by any and every means. The agencies have always character assassinated those whom they have murdered who were known and honorable people. The old ways continue to work and the public still dances to the same stupid and deadly tunes. “Ashes ashes, we all fall down” ha ha ha

  4. Altimometer  March 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Two Rs and a Sack full of Gold men of money manipulators will not tolerate skimming.

  5. brabantian  March 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

    From Sputnik re Mikhail Lesin, said to be the founder of RT Russia Today: “Lesin was not without sins, involved in dirty media games of late 90s Russia … rumored to have played a key role in a secret tape compromising former Prosecutor General Yuri Skuratov, who was conducting aggressive investigation into several large cases of government corruption … on federal television, featuring Skuratov rolling around in bed with two young women, prostitutes … the scandal resulted in the prosecutor general’s resignation.”

  6. Snoop Dough  March 12, 2016 at 10:11 am

    US Gov has gone rogue for a few shekels, sad state of affairs!

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