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October 13, 1984
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000505110014-6 ARTICL. APPEARED ON PAGE 4_3 NEW YORK TIMES 13 October 198+ FMWe Ties Russian to Pope Case PARIS, Oct. 12 (Reuters) - An' as- sociate of a Soviet journalist who re- turned to Moscow last month asserts that the man, Oleg G. Bitov, was forci- bly taken back by K.G.B. men because bf fears that he would give evidence to ,talian officials investigating the at- tempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. The friend, Anatoly Gladilin, a Rus- -sian emigre writer, wrote in an analy- sis of the case in Le Monde that Mr. Bitov had agreed to give written testi- mony in the case against a Bulgarian suspect, Sergei .. Ivanov Antonov, shortly before Mr. Bitov vanished from Britain in August. Mr. Bitov, a senior journalist for the weekly Literaturnaya Gazeta, was thought to have defected at the Venice Film Festival'in September 1983 and to have been given asylum in Britain. ,- He reappeared in Moscow last month and asserted at a news conference teat he had not defected but had been kid- happed and tortured by British agents. r- Mr. Gladilin wrote: "I spent many hours alone with Bitov; I was the last to see him in London. I spent the evening. of Aug. 15 with him. We spoke by tele- phone on the 16th and agreed to meet on the 17th. But on the 17th, Bitov had dis- appeared-"Believe me, Bitov did not at all look like someone who was planning to re- turn to the Soviet Union. I am sure he was kidnapped in London and held his press conference in Moscow under the dictation of the K.G.B.'" -- Mr. Gladilin said Mr. Bitov had trav- eled to Italy to collect material for ani- cles implicating the Central Intelli_ gene Agen~c in the shooting of the Poe v Mehrnet AELAgca.a Turk, on gay 13, 198E Mr. Gladilin wrote that after Mr. Bitov's defection to Britain the K.G.B. became increasingly worried that he' would appear as a witness at the trial of Mr. Antonov, a Bulgarian airline offi- cial implicated by Mr. Agca in the plot. `Invited to Testify' . He added: "I know that the K.G.B.'s fears were well founded. Bitov was in- ; vited to testify.. It was not the British who asked him, and I do not know ex- actly who did." "Bitov refused to go to Italy and give evidence, knowing that the K.G.B. would not forgive him. But he agreed to give a written deposition which could be read at a closed court session." Mr. Gladilin said that Mr. Bitov was sent a dossier on the Antonov case but that his fate was sealed by the fact that the K.G.B. found.out. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/08/27: CIA-RDP90-00552R000505110014-6