The Russian embassy in Washington has confirmed that the person found dead in the hotel room in the center of USA capital is indeed Michael Lesin.
Lesin had been staying at Hotel Dupont when he was found Thursday, according to ABC News.
From 1999 to 2004, Lesin served as Russia's Minister of Press, Television and Radio, and also a media advisor to the Russian President.
From 2013 to 2014 Lesin was the head of the media holding "Gazprom-Media," the state-controlled media giant.
Lesin is credited with creating Russia Today, the English-language news network backed by the Russian government.
It's unclear why Lesin would have been in the U.S.
Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said the incident was under investigation.
The cause of the death has not been confirmed, but according to 'Russia Today' Lesin has died of a heart attack.
Russian embassy was informed about Lesin's death on Thursday.
ABC News reports that the Republican senator Roger Wicker accused Lesin of acquiring multimillion dollar real estate properties in Europe and United States while being the Minister in the Russian government.
Wicker provided evidence that among the properties owned by Lesin was a mansion in Los Angeles worth 28 million dollars.