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Cryptonym: NEMOV-1

Definition:
Marvin Kantor, a Russian-speaking student who defected to Minsk, and left shortly before Oswald's arrival. Like Oswald, he was the only American in Minsk at the time.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Kantor was a Harvard professor in the late fifties, during the period of time that American consul Richard Snyder had been doing some "spotting" for the CIA of possible dangles. Marvin Kantor was wrongly identified by Yuri Nosenko/AEDONOR as "Melvin Kantor" with the wrong birth year. These errors persisted in the file for many years afterwards.
Sources:

104-10173-10252: FORM: APPROVAL WORK RECORD: KANTOR, MARVIN

The approval work record shows Marvin Kantor's cryptonym as NEMOV-1, 201-279710, and other identifiers. His case officer was WE/1/D Richard Walsh.

1993.07.24.08:44:28:250310: SECURITY FILE ON MARVIN KANTON

While Kantor was studying Slovenic philology at the University of Copenhagen in 1959, William Dillingham, an American owner of Nema Company in Copenhagen, was involved in counterfeiting passports. This may have been one of the reasons Kantor/NEMOV-1 was recruited. Three pages earlier, Vladimir Ivanov is identified as Kantor's recruiter. The combination of the names Nema and Ivanov is undoubtedly how Kantor was given the cryptonym of Nemov. At p. 51, Office of Security's E. Mendoza mentions that Marvin Kantor was in Minsk 1958-59 and approached by Soviet intelligence. She also mentions that Nosenko/"Norman" referred to a Melvin Kantor and suggests that they may be the same person. Page 47 shows that Burt Turner reviewed case in 1969, and noted that the Soviets were trying to blackmail Kantor by photographing him with a known intelligence officer. Note: The title of "Marvin Kanton" appears to be a mere transcriber's error.

NARA Record Number: 1993.07.01.18:10:09:430250: POSSIBLE CONNECTION BETWEEN UNNAMMED PERSON AND THE INVESTIGATION OF L

Marina Oswald arrived in Minsk shortly before Kantor left Minsk in Sept. 1959. Kantor described himself as the only American in Minsk. Oswald arrived in Minsk in January 1960. Back in the US during the 1964-1965 period, Kantor and Marina Oswald were enrolled at the University of Michigan at about the same time. He was studying Slavic languages, she was studying English.

MARVIN KANTOR AKA MELVIN KANTOR

After KANTOR refused to sign loyalty oath to Soviets at end of July 1959, he was told at beginning of Sept 1959 that he had to leave Minsk in three days. He returned to Copenhagen. Back at page 3 of this document see NORMAN - aka the Soviet defector Yuri Nosenko - reporting a "Melvin Kantor" born in 1937 with the cryptonym "KARP" (Marvin Kantor was born in 1934). May have been a simple mistake because NORMAN's source did not have first-hand knowledge of Kantor.

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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