This Beverly Park estate was owned by Mikhail Lesin, who was one of Vladimir Putin's top advisers and the former Kremlin media chief. Lesin was a Russian political figure, media executive and an adviser to president Vladimir Putin. In 2006, he was awarded the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", one of Russia's highest state decorations for civilians. Lesin was nicknamed the Bulldozer because of his ability to get virtually all Russian media outlets under the Kremlin's control.
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In summer 2014, a scandal arose when an otherwise mundane lawsuit revealed that Lesin had secretly purchased three multi-million dollar mansions in Los Angeles (one for himself, one for his son Anton Lessine, and one for his daughter Ekaterina Lesina) at a cost of nearly $30 million. He and his family also purchased at least 8 luxury vehicles, at a cost of more than $1 million, including a $250k Bentley and a $300k Ferrari.
It was also revealed that Lesin had invested tens of millions of dollars through anonymous corporations into the production of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Brad Pitt thriller "The Fury".
Following the emergence of these details, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker called for the Department of Justice to investigate whether Lesin's money was being illegally laundered in the US and/or was generated via government corruption.
Lesin paid $13.8 million for this mansion in 2011. The house was previously owned by Louise Taper, the historian, and collector of Abraham Lincoln artifacts. She created the Taper collection which was purchased by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for what is estimated at $20M. The 6-bed, 10-bath, 13,078 sq ft estate was built in 1987.
Mikhail Lesin died on November 5th, 2015 in a Washington D.C. hotel room. He was 57 years old. The cause of death was cited as a 'heart attack'.
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