- Metropolitan Nikodim (Rotov) of Leningrad
Nikodim (Rotov) Metropolitan of Leningrad Church Russian Orthodox Church Enthroned 9 October 1963 Reign ended 5 September 1978 Predecessor Pimen I Successor Anthony Mielnikow Orders Ordination 19 August 1947 Consecration 10 July 1960
by Pimen I of Moscow
Personal details Birth name Boris Georgievich Rotov Born 15 October 1929
Died 5 September 1978
Metropolitan Nikodim of Leningrad (born Boris Georgiyevich Rotov, Russian: Борис Георгиевич Ротов, 15 October 1929 – 5 September 1978), was metropolitan of Leningrad and Minsk from 1963 until his death.
According to the Mitrokhin Archive, which claimed deep Communist penetration of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Nikodim was a KGB agent, working under the codename "Adamant", whose ecumenical activity with the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC) served to further Soviet goals. Ordained in 1960 at the age of 31, the youngest bishop in the Christian world at the time, he would go on to become one of the WCC's six presidents.
Metropolitan Nikodim is recorded as having participated in the negotiations of the Metz Accord, a secretive 1960s agreement between Soviet and Vatican officials that authorized Eastern Orthodox participation in the Second Vatican Council in exchange for a non-condemnation of atheistic communism during the conciliar assemblies.
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- ^ Interview with Paul-Joseph Schmitt, Archbishop of Metz, in Le Lorrain, 9 March 1963
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