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    Ex-Putin Aide Died of Head Trauma, Not Heart Attack

    It’s an answer that raises lots of new questions. Mikhail Lesin, a Russian media giant who once served as Vladimir Putin’s information minister, was found dead last November in a Washington, D.C., hotel. Russian news reported the cause as a heart attack. But the District’s medical examiner has just released a report saying otherwise: Blunt force trauma killed Lesin, who suffered blows to his head, torso, arms, legs and neck. Now police are investigating, and Russian authorities say they’ll cooperate — if they’re provided with “substantive information.”

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