In August of 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin handed this collection of Soviet
documents to President Clinton.
Some of the documents relate to the decision to allow Lee Harvey Oswald to stay in the Soviet
Union in 1959, when Oswald requested Soviet citizenship. These papers are interesting mostly for
the signatures on them, showing that this decision reached very high levels within the
The remainder of the documents were generated in the wake of the assassination of President
Kennedy, and reveal the Soviets' fears of being tied to Oswald and their perception that the
assassination was a right-wing conspiracy designed to make it look like Oswald was sponsored by the