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  • Rd. Constantine Wright
    THE DROZDOV FILES The following are all the known references to Patriarch Aleksi (KGB codename Drozdov) in publicly-available KGB materials, as translated by
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      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
      Service:

      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
      Estonia.

      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
      KGB.

      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
      delegations.

      [...]

      Signed:

      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.

      October 1969:

      `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.

      March 1983:

      `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.

      1985:

      `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.

      February 1988:

      `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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