Patriarch Kirill, close to Putin, worked for the KGB in the 1970s, according to Swiss newspapers
He is a close supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a strong supporter of war in Ukraine. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill worked for Russian intelligence when he lived in Geneva in the 1970s, according to two Swiss newspapers, citing declassified records.
According to the daily newspapers Le Matin Dimanche and the SonntagsZeitung, the file drawn up by the federal police on the man who is today the spiritual head of the Russian Orthodox Church “confirms that ‘Monsignor Kirill’, as he is called in this document, belongs to the KGB”, the foreign intelligence service of the time of the Soviet Union.
The two media were able to consult the file with the Swiss federal archives. The mission of Kirill, whose code name was “Mikhailov”, was to influence the World Council of Churches (WCC), which was infiltrated by the KGB in the 1970s and 1980s.
The objective of the Soviets was then to bring the Geneva institution to denounce the United States and its allies, and to moderate its criticism of the lack of religious freedom in the USSR, recall the daily newspapers, which underline that the Russian Church “ refuses to comment on Kirill’s espionage activity in Geneva”.
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