According to the Patriarch, all hierarchs without exception were tied with the Committee of state security of former USSR. "In USSR times nobody could become a hierarch without consent of KGB. Hence all those accusations of my connection to KGB are true. I was tied, as everybody else, without exceptions," he said.
"You should take into account the fact that in the Soviet totalitarian state everything was under control of KGB. I had to agree my activity with the state. For example, a hierarch did not have a right to nominate or appoint a priest without consent of KGB," Patriarch Filaret told and added he had no ranks, and attempts to persuade him into cooperation had no result.
"They knew I would never agree to sneak on my brothers. They always knew and know now," he summed up.
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