by Konstantin Preobrazhensky » Thu 24 November 2005 2:41 pm
By Konstantin Preobrazhensky
Dear Euphrosynos Cafe' Members,
- I, Konstantin Preobrazensky, a former KGB Lieutenant-Colonel,
am concerned that the forthcoming union of the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside Of Russia (ROCOR) with the Moscow Patriarchy
of the Russian Orthodox Church (MP/ROC) will enhance Russian
espionage in the USA. It is well known that members of the
Moscow Patriarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church have always
been pawns for KGB intelligence. My fear is that soon
the ROCOR Church may become "SPY CHURCH."
- The MP under the Soviets has been "rendering everything unto
Caesar," mingling secular with religious interests. Religion,
once fatuously declared to be "the opium of the people,"
has now become a legalized drug, administered under the
watchful eyes of Russia’s security elite – known collectively as
"siloviki", "the powerful ones." I call them "SPY CHURCH."
- ROCOR is the Church of Imperial Russia. It was brought here by
White Russian refugees after the Communist revolution in 1917
and has always been a harsh critic of the Communist regime.
It still ministers to millions of devout Russians living abroad.
The Kremlin intends to put them under its control by merging
the ROCOR with the Moscow Patriarchy, which really is a church
created in 1943 by Comrade Joseph Stalin. That is why the
ROCOR may soon be operating as "SPY CHURCH."
- If this goal is realized, the church buildings of ROCOR will
become Russian State property. Hundreds of Kremlin-
dominated outposts will appear in the United States and
other Western countries. No matter how our relations evolve
in the future, these churches will serve as insidious fronts
for Russian state interests. Parishes in the ROCOR will soon
become listening posts for Putin and the KGB/FSB if the
ROCOR/MP union takes place. I fear that ROCOR church
buildings and properties could soon become operation satellites
for "SPY CHURCH."
- Furthermore, attempts to monitor their activities by our
own American government will be stymied by cynical claims to
religious freedom, actually a license to steal property and to spy.
Thus "religious freedom" would be granted to ROCOR churches
untited with the Moscow Patriarchy operating as "SPY CHURCH."
- While our U.S. Government does not tend to interfere in
religious issues, the Russian government does! In order to
correct this misperception, we must assert that there is a
clear and present danger that the unification of ROCOR with the
Moscow Patriarchy represents to America. This MP-ROCOR union
will further Russian espionage and will embed thousands of
Russian state agents into American communities forever. I do
not think that American neigborhoods want a ROCOR church on
their street corners that is "ministering" as "SPY CHURCH."
- I pray and encourage all of you to join with my
efforts to prevent this frightening situation from
occuring. If we do not do not work together then
it will be to late - for ROCOR will become "SPY CHURCH."
Konstantin G. Preobrazhensky,
Former KGB Lieutenant Colonel
[Konstantin Preobrazhensky currently resides in Washington DC
and is a parishioner of the ROCOR St John The Baptist Cathedral.]