A Russian millionaire with close ties to the Kremlin who helped found the state-sponsored RT news outlet has been found dead in a hotel room in Washington, D.C., according to reports.

Mikhail Lesin died from a heart attack, a family member reportedly told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency. The longtime adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin and former press minister was 57.

The Associated Press cited Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Officer Sean Hickman as saying officers were called to the upscale Dupont Circle Hotel about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday and found a man dead. The Russian embassy in Washington confirmed that man was Lesin Read more…

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