“The bolt clicked open. Vladimir Kryuchkov, dressed in a dark suit, stood in the doorway. ‘You are welcome,’ the spymaster said.
“I began with a few dutiful Cold War questions. I asked about Lee Harvey Oswald’s prolonged stay in Minsk, and the Kennedy assassination. ‘The Soviet Union had nothing to do with the assassination,’ Kryuchkov said. ‘I know that for sure, because I was at the head of Soviet intelligence and it goes without saying that I took an interest in the assassination. Any insinuation otherwise is ill-founded.’
“He went on to say, cryptically, ‘I do, however, think a time will come when you will know. The forces responsible are still not allowing you to find the truth or make it public. Some time will have to pass — five or ten years, maybe — but I hope this will be as short as possible. Anyway, I think the Oswald case is one of the most disgraceful phenomena in the States, because one person after another was killed who was involved in it.'”
— From “The War for the Kremlin,” by David Remnick (New Yorker, July 22, 1996)