Lord testified that he and Oswald did not discuss politics but did have a few amicable religious arguments, in which Oswald defended atheism....
No one on board suspected that he intended to defect to Russia."Oswald disembarked at Le Havre on October 8.
He then would have had to locate a travel agent in Helsinki and make his bookings.
Furthermore, he would have had to pay in advance for his booking and might have been required to proceed to a bank to convert his US currency into Finnish currency ( many European businesses do not accept US dollars due to strict currency regulations -- especially in the 1950's.) Banks in Europe close early as well.
He signed and submitted it on 13 October and within a mere twenty-four hours, the Soviet consulate approved and stamped Oswald's entry visa into his passport.
"The relative ease with which Oswald obtained his Soviet Union entry visa was more readily amenable to investigation.
A second communication from Helms to Rankin, dated September 14, 1964, added that during the 1964 tourist season, Soviet consulates in at least some Western European cities issued Soviet tourist visas in from 5 to 7 days."In an effort to resolve this issue, the committee reviewed classified information pertaining to Gregory Golub, who was the Soviet Consul in Helsinki when Oswald was issued his tourist visa.
That gave rise to infinite speculation of Oswald perhaps taking a military flight from London to Helsinki--again suggesting evidence that there was some sort of intelligence function behind Oswald's journey. Presumably any intelligence mission that Oswald was on was clandestine.
After having Oswald take a slow boat to La Havre, a ferry to Southhampton, a public train to London, would an intelligence service then suddenly expose him by putting him on a military transport for the final hop to Helsinki?
Normally, tourist visas took approximately five to seven days to be issued.
This unusually rapid issue of Oswald's visa is sometimes cited as evidence of Soviet facilitation of his entry into the USSR.