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Coroner Report Contradicts Claims of Heart Attack — RT Founder Beaten to Death in D.C. Hotel


Washington D.C. — In November, the Free Thought Project reported that Mikhail Lesin, the former head of media affairs for the Russian government, and the founder of Russia Today (RT), was found dead in the hotel room that he was staying at in Washington DC.

Lesin, who is said to be a close associate to Russian President Putin, was staying at the Hotel Dupont when he passed away, and very few details about the case have been made public, until now.

Originally, in November, authorities announced that Lesin died from a heart attack. However, the results of his autopsy tell a far more sinister story.

Lesin’s death comes at a time where he was surrounded in controversy, especially in the US. RT, the Russian-based news source that Lesin founded has become very controversial in the US for challenging the western narrative of foreign policy and privacy issues. Some US politicians have suggested that RT be banned in the US for “spreading propaganda,” while others have been blatant enough to attack Lesin personally.

According to the NY Times, until late 2014 Lesin ran the media wing of the state’s energy giant, Gazprom, before stepping down or, more likely, being forced out. He ended up in the United States, where he and his family owned properties in Los Angeles said to be worth far more than the salary of the former government minister.

Some US Senators, including Roger Wicker of Mississippi, recently called for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Lesin’s finances.

Wicker was concerned that Lesin made too much money, something that was really none of his business.

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“That a Russian public servant could have amassed the considerable funds required to acquire and maintain these assets in Europe and the United States raises serious questions,” Wicker said.

On Thursday, the district’s chief medical examiner’s office said Lesin died from blunt force injuries to his head. It seems as though Lesin’s enemies finally acted on their resentment of the millionaire.

The announcement of the heart attack back in November makes this case all the more ominous considering the fact that the medical examiner’s office also said Lesin’s body had blunt force trauma to the neck, torso, arms and legs too. How did authorities overlook his wounds?

What’s more, investigators have yet to declare his death a criminal act, even after these findings.

The medical examiner’s office did not explain the timing of its announcement, nor why the findings took so long, reports the NY Times. Officials there had said as recently as Wednesday that it would not imminently release its findings, only to reverse course the next day. According to the Times, his death remains the subject of a police investigation, though spokesmen for the Metropolitan Police Department and the F.B.I. in Washington declined to comment.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

  • paschnn1

    Sigh. Sewer Nation…. Idiot Culture.

  • Cam Alft

    this regime really hated RT didn’t they…

  • Dee Stach

    This is really big news, but yet I don’t find the mainstream media reporting on it.

    Also kind of convenient to find that he was murdered long after it occurred. That alone is suspicious and should be looked into the reason for it.

  • Caseofthedogthatdidntbark

    Doesn’t make any sense to me since if they really wanted to kill him and leave no evidence, they could have done the same to him as what they did to Arafat or Chavez. Why make it so obvious unless you are trying to frame or point the guilt or blame to someone else? The CIA has been using virtually undetectable poisons like those used on Arafat and weaponized cancer like what I believe was used on Chavez for decades.

    • Giovanni Pincoletti

      The poison of choice is Polonium. It can kill slowly or quickly depending on the dose. Only minute amounts are needed to kill. It is definitely traceable. The reasons they state natural causes after poison ahs been found is to avoid the publicity and intrigue of an obvious assassination. These people were assassinated to end open discussion, not to start a discussion of their deaths. Why would the officials open a can of worms. They just want to move on.

      So, another death of an obvious assassination is relegated to the back shelves filed under “Suspicious, But Who Cares?”