In the 1990s, the current head of the ROC, and then Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, "won the position and made a fortune," which allowed him to "finally take the patriarchal throne." Prior to the entry on this throne personal fortune was estimated by some experts Cyril $ 4 billion.
One source of income was the "cigarette business." In 1993, with the participation of the Moscow Patriarchate had financial and trading group "Nick", the vice-president was Archpriest Vladimir Veriga — Commercial Director DECR, led by Metropolitan Kirill.
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