From Publishers Weekly
Now that the Soviet spooks are able to speak, there will probably be more books like this one--providing an opportunity to see how foolishly similar the vast secret bureaucracies were on both sides of the Cold War. What Col. Nechiporenko knows about Oswald, however, is not revelatory. He was stationed at the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City when Oswald appeared there in 1963 seeking visas to Cuba and Moscow. Nechiporenko recalls Oswald as highly neurotic and agitated; he brandished a pistol and babbled of being persecuted in the U.S. The colonel also had access to all the KGB reports on the odd American during his stay in the Soviet Union, and reveals how Oswald was handled as a hot propaganda potato, but was regarded as too unstable for any kind of espionage work, thus bearing out what Soviet defector Yuri Nosenko told Gerald Posner in Case Closed . On the whole Nechiporenko believes that Oswald was Kennedy's sole assassin, though, somewhat paradoxically, he feels there was a plot, and that Oswald was the planned scapegoat for it; he just acted before the conspirators were ready. There is charm and humor in the book, considerable padding and an intriguing glimpse into how official KGB theorizing works: like something out of Harvard Business School. Photos not seen by PW .
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From Library Journal
A colonel in the KGB at the time of his retirement, the author worked at the Soviet consulate in Mexico City when a man who was supposedly Lee Harvey Oswald visited in September 1963 to complain about his treatment by the FBI and request a visa to return to the USSR, where he had lived previously. Nechiporenko and two other KGB agents questioned the man and gave him forms to fill out but concluded that he was emotionally disturbed. The narrative is sometimes convoluted and hard to follow, but Nechiporenko's tale is still intriguing. He concludes that there was a conspiracy by highly placed Americans to kill Kennedy, that the Soviets and Castro had nothing to do with the assassination, and that Oswald did pull the trigger but that he had been psychologically manipulated into doing it. Suitable for the JFK collections of public and academic libraries. Index and photos not seen.
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- Daniel K. Blewett, Loyola Univ. Lib., Chicago
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