Report: Ex-Putin adviser who died in US had broken neck

March 16, 2019 - 12:28 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents show that a former adviser to Russia's president had a complete fracture of his neck "at or near the time of his death" in a Washington hotel room in 2015.

The documents from the city's medical examiner were released to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

In a report published Saturday, RFE says the finding offers no clear-cut evidence of foul play in the death of Mikhail Lesin, who was a key adviser to Russian leader Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) during Putin' rise to power.

But RFE says the documents provide "the most precise scientific description" yet of a death that's been shrouded in suspicion. The official ruling was that Lesin died of blunt force trauma after falling repeatedly while intoxicated.

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