The U.S. handed over to the Russian side all the data about the investigation of death ex-the Minister of press Mikhail Lesin. About this “Interfax” told the press attache of the American Embassy in Russia will Stevens. Earlier, the U.S. state Department has already talked about data transfer, but Moscow denied this information.
“The U.S. Department of state handed over to the Russian authorities with any information pertaining to this case,” said Stevens in response to a request to comment on statements by Moscow that Russia is waiting for data about the investigation.
The diplomat noted that the Embassy is in direct contact with the office of the Washington police, which is investigating the case. He added that the American side expresses condolences to the family of Lesina.
Last week state Department spokesman John Kirby said that the Russian side was represented by all the information. However, Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak denied these reports, stating that Moscow has not received from the Washington comprehensive data on the case of Lesina.
In recent days Russian officials repeatedly expressed hope that Washington will give Moscow information about the investigation. “Any information on set out for such information channels, we didn’t expect that detailed information will be presented to us,” said March 11, the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
The desire of Russia to obtain the data declared in the Russian Foreign Ministry. “All this [the death of Lesina ]occurred in early November. It’s been almost half a year. For six months at least some details could be collected. We hope that it is, and, given that we are talking about Russian citizens, such information can provide,” — said the official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova.
On 10 March, the police and the office of the chief medical examiner of the capital of the United States issued a statement stating that the cause of death of the former head “Gazprom-Media” became “blunt trauma of the neck, trunk, upper and lower extremities”. Source The Washington Post the police later said that law enforcement agencies consider three versions of what happened: part of Lesina in the fight, the fall, and the suggestion that he could get under the car.