Kennedy's killer worked in Minsk as a turner

According to official records of American justice, on November 22, 1963, former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald fired three rifle shots at the president's car, as a result of which President Kennedy was killed. There are many dark spots and inconsistencies in this business, but this article is not about that ...

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Oswald enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on October 24, 1956, his 17th birthday. For three years, he served in an elite unit, along the way carried away by shooting, the theory of Marxism-Leninism and the study of the Russian language.

On September 11, 1959, he retired to the reserve, citing the fact that his mother needed help. However, he did not go to his mother, but to the Soviet Union. It was not easy to do this, so I had to fly under the guise of a student to Switzerland, and from there to Finland, where Oswald was given permission to stay in the USSR at the Soviet embassy.

On October 31, Oswald appeared at the US Embassy in Moscow, declaring that he wanted to renounce his American citizenship. The flight of a US Marine to the Soviet Union was immediately reported on the front page in all foreign newspapers.

Oswald wanted to study at Moscow State University, but he was considered unreliable and was sent to Minsk to work as a turner at the Lenin Minsk Radio Plant, which produces consumer electronics. He also received an allowance, a furnished one-room apartment in a prestigious building, but was under constant surveillance.

On the right is Oswald's house

This corner house today has the address - Kommunisticheskaya, 4. Formerly - Kalinina, 4. Lee Harvey Oswald lived along this street in apartment number 24. On March 16, 1960, he writes in his diary: "I got a small one-room apartment with a kitchen and a bathroom next to the factory, with a magnificent view of the river, two balconies, almost no rent. This is a Russian dream."

At the Minsk Radio Plant, Lee Harvey Oswald, or, as he was called here, Alik, the teacher of the Russian language was a man who later became a famous Belarusian oppositionist Stanislav Shushkevich. Shushkevich will later assess Oswald's abilities as not outstanding.

Already in the fall of 1960, Oswald wrote: "I am increasingly aware of what kind of society I live in. Mass gymnastics, obligatory after a meeting of workers, as a rule, political information meetings. Compulsory attendance of lectures and collective trips to the store (except for me), trips to collective farm "Patriotic Duty" to harvest "...

Oswald becomes bored in Minsk, the American is clearly disappointed. In January 1961, he writes in his diary: “I am beginning to reconsider my desire to stay. The work is gray, there is nowhere to spend money, there are no nightclubs and bowling alleys, there are no places of rest except for union dances. I've had enough. " Shortly thereafter, Oswald wrote to the US Embassy in Moscow requesting the return of his American passport, and an offer to return to the US if the charges against him were dropped.

Shortly before leaving, in March 1961, Oswald met a 19-year-old student, Marina Nikolaevna Prusakova, and they were married less than six weeks later. On February 15, 1962, Oswald and Marina had a daughter, June. On May 24, 1962, Oswald and Marina receive documents from the US Embassy in Moscow allowing her to emigrate to the United States, after which Oswald, Marina, and their little daughter left the Soviet Union.

There was still a year and a half left before the assassination of the 35th President of the United States ...