Mikhail Lesin

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Mikhail Lesin (left) with Vladimir Putin

Mikhail Yuriyevich Lesin (Russian: Михаил Юрьевич Лесин) is a Russian political figure, and currently an adviser to the Russian president. Lesin is credited as the creator of the RT television news network (previously known as Russia Today) "to establish a news channel that would counter CNN and BBC -- with a Moscow spin".[1] Lesin also served as minister of antiquities for the Russian Museum of Ethnography from 1993–1995.[2]