On behalf of the Soviet secret services, the KGB, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, was working, according to the Swiss press.
According to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church during his years as a representative of the Moscow Patriarchate to the World Council of Churches cooperated with the KGB, codenamed “Mihailov.”
Moscow Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (Vladimir Gudnyayev), in the 1970s, was conducting spying activity in Geneva on the orders of the State Security Committee (KGB) of the USSR, a series of Swiss newspapers and especially the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper (in its article “Putins Patriarch war Spion in der Schweiz”), citing declassified state archives of the period 1969-1989.
Patriarch Kirill worked under the code name “Mihailov”
According to these figures, Gudnyaev worked for the Russian spy agency, using the code name “Mihailov”, holding in Switzerland the official position of representative of the Moscow Patriarchate to the World Council of Churches, the newspaper reports.
His main task was to influence the World Council of Churches. From Switzerland, he returned to the Soviet Union, where he quickly began to advance in the ecclesiastical hierarchy.
The Russian Orthodox Church declined to comment on the Swiss press reports. The World Council of Churches said it had no information on the matter.
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Kirill’s support for the war in Ukraine has deepened the rift between the Russian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox Churches around the world.