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    The investigation into former Russian Press Minister Mikhail Lesin’s death has not been changed into murder probe amid the White House’s referral to it as a possible crime, Metropolitan Police Department’s spokesperson Alice Kim told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said in a press briefing earlier in the day that Lesin’s death could have been caused by crime, but the US administration does not comment on the ongoing police investigation into the case.

    “MPD continues to investigate this case as a death investigation,” Kim stated.

    The Washington police told Sputnik on Friday they had not ruled out the possibility of investigating the case as a murder.

    Lesin was found dead in a Washington, DC hotel on November 5, 2015. According to a coroner's report released Thursday, he died from blunt force trauma to his head. Earlier reports indicated that a heart attack could have been the cause of his death.

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