House of President John F. Kennedy's assassin near Svisloch River in Minsk

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House of President John F. Kennedy's assassin near Svisloch River in Minsk

Getting there: You can reach Kommunisticheskaya Street and the Svisloch River by metro (station Ploshcha Pieramohi, also spelled Victory Square in English).

The future killer lived on the third floor. The flat had a balcony so Oswald could enjoy the beauty of the waterfront.

It still remains a mystery whether he was a real criminal or simply a pawn in someone else's game.

Yevgeniya Byts, guide:
It is said that he had numerous diseases, including mental ones.
According to some sources, he served in a secret base in Japan. After that he came to the Soviet Union through a third country, went to Moscow and asked to settle here him there.
This was the country of which he dreamed. He probably read a lot of relevant books about it. It was like a paradise on earth for him.
It was almost the end of the Cold War, a time of rapprochement in relations between the Soviet Union and the United States.
So it was literally impossible to deny the American the Soviet paradise. It was decided to give him an apartment in Minsk because it was easier to watch Oswald here.

Oswald got a job as a metal worker in Minsk's Lenin Radio Manufacturing Plant. He led an active life and participated in trade unions.

Here he met his future wife - Marina Prusakova from Minsk. A portrait near the Svisloch River is one of the most famous shots of the Belarusian-American couple.