The ‘Orthodox’ Masquerade - IV
Head of Latvian ‘Orthodox’ Church
Is a KGB Agent
Left, KGB lieutenant-colonel Iščenko (photo: Kompromat.lv); right, Metropolite Kudryashov
Kudryashov’ membership in the Latvia KGB, which became public with many documents corroborating it, shed some light on the communist system of recruiting new people. In 1982, he was a barman in a popular pub in central Riga – hardly a job where religious vocations tend to sprout – when he was enrolled as a KGB agent.
Card of Metropolite Kudryashov as a KGB agent
It was only in 1989 with the fall of the Soviet Union that the Russians created this false Church in Latvia that was subordinate to the Schismatic Russian Church.
It is interesting that the communist network survived the official collapse of the USSR. The KGB officer Alexander Iscenko, director of the Department of Religious Affairs in Latvia, received from Metropolite Kudryashov the power to manage religious buildings belonging to the “Orthodox” Church and to receive their rents.
After Latvia’s independence in 1991, a law was approved returning to the Latvian “Orthodox” Church the properties that had been appropriated by the Russians. In this case, the law was unjust because that Church did not even exist before 1989.
Left, power of attorney given to KGB agent Alexander Iščenko, 1996; right, same power given by Metropolite Kudryashov to Iščenko, 1997- Source: Kompromat.lv