KGB Files on Alexy II
- THE DROZDOV FILES
The following are all the known references to Patriarch Aleksi (KGB codename
Drozdov) in publicly-available KGB materials, as translated by Keston News
FROM THE ESTONIAN DOCUMENT
16 January 1959
KGB of the Estonian SSR
Report on agent/operational work of the 4th department of the KGB attached
to the Council of Ministers of the Estonian SSR for 1958
Work with Agents
Agent "Drozdov", born 1929, a priest of the Orthodox Church, with higher
education, candidate degree in theology, fluent in Russian and Estonian with
a weak command of German. Recruited on 28 February 1958, on the basis of his
patriotic feelings, to identify and work on the antisoviet element from
among the ranks of the Orthodox clergy, among whom he has links, and which
represent operational interest to the organs of the KGB. In recruiting him
it was borne in mind that after consolidating his experience with practical
work he could later be promoted via the possibilities at our disposal to the
post of bishop [the word "bishop" has been added by hand] of Tallinn and
During the period of collaboration with the organs of the KGB "Drozdov"
positively recommended himself. During secret rendezvous he was punctilious,
energetic and convivial. He is well-oriented in theoretical questions of
theology and the international situation. He has a willing attitude to the
fulfilment of our tasks and has already
provided materials deserving attention, which are forming the basis for
documentation of the criminal activity of a member of the leadership of the
Johvi Orthodox church TURKIN [possibly Churkin] and his wife, who had abused
their position to secure pensions for several citizens (by taking bribes).
Carrying out this measure was an
opportunity to consolidate "Drozdov's" practical work with the organs of the
In addition, "Drozdov" also provided valuable material for the case under
way against the priest [Valeri] POVEDSKY. At present he is working on
improving his knowledge of German.
After consolidating the agent's experience in practical work with the organs
of state security in the cultivation of agents, we intend also to use him in
our interests by sending him to capitalist states as a member of church
Chairman of the Estonian KGB [Col. I.P.] Karpov
Head of the 4th department Belyayev
Estonian State Archive, record group 131, file 393, pp. 125-6.
`To England as part of the ROC delegation to the meeting of the executive
committee of the Conference of European Churches were sent agents "Drozdov"
and "Peresvet". Information was received from the agents about persons of
interest to the organs of the KGB and the activity of that organisation.'
FSB Central Archive, f. 5, op. 16, por. no. 477, d. V-11011, p. 281-2.
`In December of last year a group of monks from the Pskov Cave monastery
expressed their dissatisfaction with regulations in the monastery and
complained to patriarch Pimen about the superior of the Pskov Cave
monastery. By means of agents "Drozdov" and "Skala", educational work was
conducted among the monks of the Pskov Cave
monastery. As a result of measures taken the initiators were sent to
parishes in the Pskov diocese (4 persons), persons were left in the
monastery and 4 persons were sent away from the Pskov diocese. The situation
at the present time has been normalised. Comrade Zotov.' FSB Central
Archive, f. 6, op. 6/16, por. no. 24, d. T-175, t. 1, p. 291.
`To Portugal were sent agents "Drozdov" and "Remark".' FSB Central Archive,
f. 6, op. 8/16, por. 21/23, d. F-175, tt. 3,5.
`An order of the USSR KGB chairman was prepared to award to Agent "Drozdov"
the Certificate of Honour.' FSB Central Archive, f. 6, op. 11, por. no. 148,
d. Ch-175, t. 1, p. 209. (END)
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