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The russian orthodox church functioned though and the stories about blackwood creaks are just stories not grounded on reality. thouse who wanted to baptize kids could do it the usual way.
RUSSIAN PATRIARCH WAS KGB AGENT, FILES SAY Patriarch Alexiy II received KGB "Certificate of Honour" by Seamus Martin The Irish Times, 23 September 2000
RUSSIA: The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexiy II of Moscow and All Russia, was a long-serving KGB agent and even received the agency's "Certificate of Honor", according to archive documents left behind by the Soviet spy agency in Estonia.
The papers detail the activities of Patriarch Alexiy, who was code-named "Agent Drozdov" (the thrush), in actions against orthodox clergy and believers.
Patriarch Alexiy has been a strong supporter of President Putin, himself a former KGB agent, and has issued public statements defending Mr Putin's conduct of the war in Chechnya and his stance on the sinking of the nuclear submarine Kursk. He has consistently opposed all proposed visits to Russia by Pope John Paul II.
Under his patriarchate the church has received special privileges, including the right to import alcohol and tobacco at reduced rates of duty for sale in the Russian Federation.
There have been allegations against the Patriarch for some time but they have been consistently denied by the church. The most recent denial was made on Wednesday by a church spokesman, Father Vsevolod Chaplin, who said: "There are no data indicating that Patriarch Aleksiy II was an associate of the special services, and no classified documents bear his signature."
But the Keston Institute, an Anglican religious rights organisation, has informed The Irish Times that it has "reviewed all the available documentary evidence from the various archives of the KGB" and has concluded that the allegations are based on fact.
Representatives of the Keston Institute have had access to documents in Tallinn which reveal that the Patriarch was recruited by the Estonian KGB on February 28th, 1958. Although he is referred to only as "Drozdov" the documents make it clear that they refer to the then Father Alexiy Ridiger as the personal details given match those of no other priest of the Estonian diocese.
The document in the Estonian State Archive (record group 131, file 393, pages 125-126) signed by the chairman of the Estonian KGB, Col I.P.Karpov, and the head of the Fourth Department "Belyayev" notes that Drozdov "positively recommended himself" to the KGB.
It adds: "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 fulfillment 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 . . .
"In addition, `Drozdov' also provided valuable material for the case under way against the priest 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."
KGB papers in the Moscow archive state that Drozdov was sent to England in 1969 as part of a church delegation, that he and another agent were involved in "educational work" with monks in Pskov in western Russian in March 1983 and that he was sent on a mission to Portugal in 1985.
According to Keston, a file in the archive dated February 1988 states: "An order of the USSR KGB chairman was prepared to award Agent Drozdov the Certificate of Honor."
Originally posted by Russi
khrushchev took over after Stalin.
during the great purge, he was famous of creating a kind of competition between the regions of the Soviet Union: who submits more "enemies of people" to be shot. the procedure was simple: they called upon people to write information against their neighbors and without much checking just included such people in the lists of "found enemies"and sent to the Kremlin (Stalin) to be approved for extreme penalty - the more the better. his letters to stalin are also opened now. in one of them he writes: how is it? we (ukraine) have submitted 12 000 names and you approved only 2000 to be shot, when in other regions you approved a higher number...
\Trotsky is BARELY mentioned in the US, except by communists, University people with fond devotion!
i know it. especially people from Berkeley - the jewish elite. i knew little at that time of history and was always amazed at their heating discussions of trotsky. also marx ideas, communists etc.,
i used to work in the us for two years just after the university -joint science research projects - medicine.
in anyway, "redistribution of wealth" goes one way
the problem is that most of his works are still classified...especilly his critic of marxism.
also his library of 5000 books with his notes on the pages that was confiscated after his death and stored in special archives is still classified.
Jewish pogroms in the USSR times? which years?
there were no any pogroms after the WWII