Authorities say the death of Mikhail Lesin in Washington, DC, last year was caused partly by alcohol poisoning after days of heavy drinking. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The previously unexplained death of Mikhail Lesin, a Russian media executive and former adviser to President Vladimir Putin, has been ruled accidental. U.S. officials say Lesin, whose body was found in his Washington hotel room on Nov. 5, 2015, died after hitting his head following days of heavy drinking. They say acute ethanol intoxication also played a part in his death. Months ago, police determined Lesin suffered blunt force injuries to the neck, torso, arms and legs. Rumors of foul play emerged... However, with its ruling of accidental death, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia says the case is closed.