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Konstantin Preobrazhensky"s new book "KGB/FSB’s New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent" Reviews

Bishop Joseph of Washington,
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad:


Konstantin Preobrazhensky’s book, "KGB/FSB’s New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent", is just what we have been waitingfor. This book has opened oureyes on Putin’s intelligence activity among us. It tells how KGB has cynically utilized our nostalgia for facilitating espionage. The book has disclosed how the Russian Americans’ love of Russia has turned them into Putin’s "fifth column" in the United States. This naive nostalgia has brought to the takeover of the great part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia with Kremlin’s supervision. It has been a great KGB success.

We all were eager to learn how and in what way Putin’s intelligence has managed to reach such a great goal. The currentbook has provided us with the detailed explanation.
The light language of Konstantin Preobrazhensky’s book and a lot of new facts make it not only interesting, but also very easily read, like the novels by Russian writers.


G.M. Soldatow

KGB/FSB’s New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent, by Konstantin Preobrazhensky, Gerard Group Publishing, 2008, 224 pg. Soft cover.  

It is our pleasure to inform Fidelity readers that this book, written by a former lieutenant-colonel of the KGB (now FSB), is available.

The author worked in the Soviet Intelligence community. He has been in the U.S. for only a short time so his up to date descriptions of the methods and practices of the FSB, which is still active in the RF, is illuminating for everyone. In his book this spymaster warns of the ways in which Soviet influence is introduced into Western countries. As a specialist, he knows the FSB as a terrifying organization, and warns Russian Exiles and other people that the FSB threatens imminent disaster for the entire world.  He warns that the present government in the RF is no different than that which was in the USSR.  All that happened is that one monster was traded for another. Instead of a bloodthirsty dragon of Stalin’s creation they have now a more sophisticated snake, created by the KGB. This giant snake sleeps in the Kremlin, and bides its time until the moment is right. Then it opens its jaws and swallows a victim, as it recently swallowed the Russian Church Abroad.

As before, the system in RF is against a free press, against free speech, against travel to other countries and against other freedoms. As before, all religious activity is controlled by the government.

Mr. Preobrazhensky points out that the same soviet functionaries are still in government and in the administration of the MP.  They were all selected and appointed, for their loyalty, to all positions, including in the Moscow Patriarchate. They are the same bureaucrats educated in communistic ideology and goals and with hate toward the West. The only difference is that the dragon changed it’s from to a snake; names and organizations in the RF are called differently.  These officials in the Kremlin are not interested in well being of the population and they hold their power by deceit. Just a few years ago, as members of the Communist party, they opposed religion. It was not permitted, says Mr. Preobrazhensky, for believers to be party members and therefore they could not hold governmental or clerical positions. And now Communist party members deceive people, saying that they are religious people, that they care for the Church’s future and its unity.

This book contains 3 parts: "Russia and the Church", "Russia and the Press" and "My Personal Experience with the FSB".  The author does not publish any documentation, but he tells about facts, that he knows or believes, since the documents of KGB, like other secret organizations, are not available to the public. In some cases, he assumes KGB recruitment of some clergy members in Exile by analyzing their actions and the response of lack thereof by the government. Their corrupt involvement in delivering the ROCOR to the MP is seen by everyone. These people told Church members and other clergy, that they were against unity with MP, but their secret deeds show, that for many years they prepared for such an event. Their betrayal of all that the First Hierarchs, clergy and believers of ROCOR stood for could be compared to the betrayal of Judas. The author points out how this treason could have happened, and why Putin’s FSB was so interested in achieving control over the Russian Church Abroad.  He believes that with the collapse of the official Soviet State, and the trust that the communistic system will bring people of the world to a new happy era, the Putin government can no longer depend on the support of communists and their sympathizers in the West. Therefore, it was necessary for the FSB to find new agents in the West, and it was concluded that the Russians abroad could become new fifth column functionaries. The Russian Church hierarchs and clergy have contacts with representatives of other religions; they can travel and speak to anyone in the West. Even more, the Russians abroad in their desire to serve the Church and their nostalgia for their country of origin do not have to be financially rewarded for their services.

Since the union of the MP with the ROCOR, strongly supported by Putin, it became a history, but as places of worship in the West become part of the Moscow Patriarchy, they are turned into bastions of the RF government and the FSB. Here is what Mr. Preobrazhensky wrote about Russians in the Cathedral in Washington, DC, who became part of the MP: "Right now the parishioners are sure that nothing can threaten them, that the cathedral belongs to them, and that their interests are protected by American law. But the KGB will not take them to court! It will use other methods – illegal, but effective".  And this is how he sees the future: "Let Bush do what he wants in his White House. Our Russian president will do the same two steps away from him, in a Russian church, on a scrap of native soil in the hostile American environment. Imagine what propaganda effect this will have in Russia? After this, Putin will spend a few more terms in his presidential office."

This book is recommended reading for people who did not have to escape from the Soviet Paradise. They do not understand the Soviet system or the position of the Church there.  They have all the liberties that should be guaranteed by the government in any country and therefore have much to lose from the neo-communistic attack on the West. It is for those people who care about their places of worship and do not wish their denominations to be absorbed by  FSB propagandists and functionaries.

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Center for Traditionalist
Orthodox Studies

KONSTANTIN PREOBRAZHENSKY, KGB/FSB’s New Trojan Horse: Americans of Russian Descent. North Billerica, MA: Gerard Group Publishing, 2008. Pp. 234.

The author of this book was an officer of the KGB and its "post-Soviet" offspring, the FSB, which he abandoned in disgust to follow journalism. His criticism of the Putin regime led to overt persecution, and finally his flight to the United States in 2003. He is an Orthodox Christian who has publicly repented of his past associations, something which, sadly, renders him almost unique.

The book, despite its unwieldy title, in fact deals with two disparate, if related, themes: the intelligence background to the submission of the Russian ChurchAbroad to the Moscow Patriarchate and the strangulation of press freedom in Putin’s Russia.The latter phenomenon, particularly following the murders of Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko, is quite well-known in the West, though it is interesting to read the author’s personal account of his own and his friends’misadventures.The former, however, remains mysterious, and it is the virtue of this account that it gives one an insight into the abstruse and uncouth mentality of the Russian intelligence services, which are to a large extent inherited from their Soviet predecessor; indeed,many of the leading personalities remain the same. One finally begins to understand why the Russian government, and not least Putin himself, were so concerned with the union of the Russian Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate, a matter which, to the casual observer,might simply seem to be a minor question of ecclesiastical administration.Of course, in this twilight world of rumor, innuendo and secrets, conjecture must play a considerable part, and this reviewer can personally refute a number of those in this book. However, a basis of fact remains which helps us to understand the otherwise inexplicable volte-face of the leadership of the Russian ChurchAbroad over the few years leading to the union of May 2007. It is not a pretty story, and, though there were certainly many innocent victims who were blissfully unaware of the machinations underway, there were certainly those who were not.

On the negative side, the book is in gross need of editing; and meanwhile the very nature of the subject dictates that it is mostly based on hearsay and anonymous sources,meaning that it will inevitably be relegated by its detractors to the world of spy-fiction. But however critically one approaches it, there is a disturbing residue of facts, quite enough to make any reasonable person wonder about the real motives for the union and, tragically, to observe how Putin’s Russia is returning to many of the Soviet norms.

Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina
Phyle (Athens), Greece

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