Former KGB Officer -
KGB JFK Death Files
Show Moscow Had No Role

MOSCOW (Agence France Presse) - KGB files handed by President Boris Yeltsin to his U.S. counterpart Bill Clinton will clear Moscow of involvement in the unresolved assassination of John F. Kennedy, a former KGB officer said Monday.
Retired KGB colonel Mikhail Lyubimov told Echo Moscow radio station that the 1963 killing in Dallas, Texas, had sent Soviet leaders into shock and left Moscow fearful that it would be blamed for the murder.
"(Nikita) Khrushchev rushed in terror to the U.S. ambassador to say we were not involved," Lyubimov said of the then Soviet leader.
"The only sensation that will hit the world (following release of the latest documents) is that we (the Soviet Union) had nothing to do with the assassination of Kennedy," he said.
"I rule it out 100 percent. Even under Stalin we didn't assassinate foreigners and after his (Stalin's) death the politburo banned terrorist acts," Lyubimov said.
He dismissed suggestions that a rogue KGB unit could have gone in alone and carried out the operation, saying "the KGB was strictly under the control of the politburo and the party leadership."
Some of the declassified documents from Soviet archives had been made available to the U.S. side at the beginning of the 1990s, he added.
On Sunday, Yeltsin handed Clinton a thick stack of KGB files on the assassination which White House officials said would be translated, analyzed, and eventually released to the public.
The gift was made during a bilateral meeting in Cologne, Germany, on the sidelines of a summit of Group of Eight states (Russia plus the world's seven leading industrial democracies).
The documents are believed to contain, among other items, files on President Kennedy's alleged killer Lee Harvey Oswald, who lived for a time in the Soviet Union.
Lyubimov said Soviet intelligence would never have considered recruiting Oswald, who worked in factory in Minsk, the capital of the now independent Belarus.