CIPHER TELEGRAM FROM SOVIET AMBASSADOR ANATOLY DOBRYNIN TO CPSU CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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get citationFollowing the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Ambassador Dobrynin reports that Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy’s suspected killer, had spent time in the USSR and had married a Russian woman. Dobrynin recommends releasing the consular files with Oswald's correspondence."Cipher Telegram from Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin to CPSU Central Committee" November 22, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Yeltsin documents given to Bill Clinton on 20 June 1999, US National Archives and Records Administration. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117348
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Special no. 1967-1968
At 16 hours 00 minutes, the US telegraph agency reported that police in Dallas, Texas, had arrested US national Lee H. Oswald, 24 years old, chairman of the local branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, on suspicion that he had assassinated Kennedy.
It is also reported that Oswald was in the USSR some time ago and is married to a Russian woman.
It was ascertained by checking at the consular section of the embassy that Oswald really did spend several years in Minsk, where he married Soviet citizen Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova (b. 1941). In June 1962, they returned to the US. In March 1963, Prusakova applied to return with her daughter to the USSR for permanent residency.
The KU [?] of the MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] of the USSR (letter no. KU-USA-540058-24518 of 7 October 1963) reported that her application was rejected.
The consular section of the embassy has the correspondence between Prusakova and Oswald regarding her return to the USSR. The last letter from Lee Oswald was dated 9 November (the text was transmitted on the line [sic] of nearby neighbors).
It is possible that the US authorities may ask us to familiarize them with the correspondence in our possession.
The US authorities are aware of the existence of this final correspondence, since it was conducted through official mail.
Inasmuch as there is nothing that compromises us in this correspondence, we might agree to do this as a last resort (after removing our internal correspondence with the MFA).
Please give instructions on this matter.
Radio and television, which have interrupted all other programming and are broadcasting only reports relating to the murder of the President, are alluding more and more often to the fact that the assassin was evidently connected with “extreme leftist elements.”
22 November 1963Dobrynin