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EX-KGB OFFICERS TO REVEAL TRUTH ABOUT KGB AND ALLEGED JFK ASSASSIN; BOOK AND TELEVISION PROGRAM WILL UNEARTH SECRETS HELD FOR 30 YEARS

 LOS ANGELES, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The three retired KGB colonels who met with Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City two months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will, for the first time, reveal the truth about the KGB's relationship and interaction with the alleged assassin in a new book and television special.
 Col. Oleg Maximovich Nechiporenko, Col. Valery Vladimirovich Kostikov and Col. Pavel Antonovich Yatzkov met with Oswald between Sept. 27-28, 1963, at the Soviet embassy compound in Mexico City. The meeting, long the subject of massive speculation by assassination theorists, was held after Oswald made the mysterious journey to the Mexican capital.
 Nechiporenko, 60, had the most contact with Oswald and is nearing completion of his manuscript "Tourist Non Grata: The KGB and Lee Harvey Oswald." The watershed book will be, according to the former masterspy, the "definitive history of the entire Soviet experience with the alleged assassin."
 The book and television projects are being guided by the officers' personal manager Brian D. Litman, president of Entertainment & Communications Holdings Organization (E.C.H.O.), a Los Angeles-based communications concern with business interests in the former Soviet Union. Litman is currently negotiating with "a select group of publishers with marketing muscle and international TV interests," he said.
 "For 30 years, officers Kostikov, Yatzkov and Nechiporenko have kept quietly to themselves these explosive secrets," said Litman. "Now, these facts are about to be revealed, and when they are, they will create global headlines and turn prevailing assassination theory on its head," he said.
 KGB historian John Barron wrote of Nechiporenko that he was the "most skilled and dangerous" KGB man operating in Latin America. In the recent assassination book "The Man Who Knew Too Much," author Dick Russell wrote, "Under normal circumstances, one would expect that any American -- let alone Oswald -- who was meeting with a trio that included the KGB's chief (Yatzkov), assassination specialist (Kostikov) and `most dangerous' operative (Nechiporenko) would have raised all kinds of alarm bells at the CIA and FBI." Nechiporenko said that he will completely address the veracity of these and prior, similar statements. "This book will settle once and for all whether or not Oswald was a KGB operative," he said.
 Nechiporenko will also address in detail the case of KGB defector Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko who in 1964 vehemently asserted that Oswald was not a KGB agent. "Tourist Non Grata" will finally confirm whether or not Nosenko was a genuine defector -- or a KGB "plant."
 "Frankly," Litman said, "I am alarmed by the implications of these revelations. They are nothing less than staggering. Never before has anyone provided such detailed insights into Oswald's surprising exploits while in the former Soviet Union," he said. "Furthermore, the House Select Committee on Assassinations' report on Oswald in Mexico is still classified secret and sealed until the year 2029. `Tourist Non Grata' and the TV event will provide the world with a 36-year sneak preview," he said.
 Nechiporenko is considered a legendary operative in the KGB. He was in the limelight last year when former KGB Gen. Oleg Kalugin said Nechiporenko interrogated U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam long after Vietnam had said it had sent the prisoners home. Nechiporenko denied the allegation and cooperated with Sen. John Kerry's delegation to address all American concerns. He presently resides in Moscow.
 Cols. Nechiporenko, Yatzkov and Kostikov as well as other notable former Russian intelligence officers are represented by Entertainment & Communications Holdings Organization (E.C.H.O.) to realize their stories in various media.
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 /CONTACT: Brian D. Litman, president of E.C.H.O., 213-656-1200/


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