Italians say that Moscow was behind Pope John Paul assassination attempt.
Senator Paolo Guzzanti, of a special Italian parliamentary investigation said this week:
"This commission believes, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the leadership of the Soviet Union took the initiative to eliminate Pope John Paul...They relayed this decision to the military secret services for them to take on all necessary operations to commit a crime of unique gravity, without parallel in modern times."
Pope John Paul was shot in St Peter‘s Square on May 13, 1981 by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca.
"It is completely absurd," said Boris Labusov, spokesman for Russia‘s foreign intelligence service, "We are tired on denying these rumours."
In the book of memoirs published just before he died, the Polish Pope said that he thought that there was a ‘mastermind’ behind the shooting, and the Turk was not operating alone.