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    The Russian embassy in Washington, DC has been in constant and active communication with US officials on the death of former Russian Press Minister Mikhail Lesin, embassy’s spokesperson Yuri Melnik told Sputnik on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, a medical statement was released to media stating that Lesin, who was also ex-head of Gazprom-Media, died as a result of blunt force injuries of the head, in contradiction to earlier announcements.

    “We are actively communicating, the dialogue is ongoing,” Melnik stated. “We are in constant contact with them.”

    Melnik noted that they are in contact with all US agencies and official organizations.

    “We are working with all the departments,” he said. “We have our diplomatic channels, our immediate partner is the US State Department, but we work with other official organizations as well.”

    Russia has not received any official information from the United States related to the medical statement on the cause of the death of former Russian Press Minister Mikhail Lesin, Yuri Melnik told Sputnik.

    “No information has been provided at this point,” Melnik said when asked whether the embassy has received any reply.

    The former Russian press minister died in Washington, DC on November 5, 2015. Following his death, Lesin's family told media that he died from heart attack.

    Lesin was born on July 11, 1958. He served as minister for the affairs of the press, broadcasting and mass communications from 1999 to 2004 and as presidential adviser from 2004 to 2009. He was appointed to head Gazprom-Media holding in October 2013 and resigned in January 2015, citing family reasons. Lesin is also widely credited as the creator of international broadcaster RT.


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