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Putin Associate Dead In Washington DC

Saturday, November 7, 2015 8:00
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A prominent Russian millionaire and press minister under Vladimir Putin was found dead of an apparent heart attack in a Washington hotel, according to U.S. and Russian news sources.

Mikhail Lesin, the former head of media affairs for the Russian government who’s been accused of curtailing the country’s press freedoms, had been staying at Hotel Dupont when he was found Thursday, according to ABC News.

Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said the incident was under investigation and that the identity of the victim could not yet be confirmed.

Police first got the call about the death Thursday morning at about 11:34 a.m. ET, Officer Sean Hickman, a spokesman for the department’s public information office, said Friday night.

PHOTO:President Putin is seen with then-Media Minister Mikhail Lesin in this undated file photo.

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