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Kirill I
Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus'
Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', at his enthronement on 1 February 2009
Church Russian Orthodox Church
See Moscow
Enthroned 1 February 2009
Reign ended Incumbent
Predecessor Alexy II
Ordination 7 April 1969
Consecration 14 March 1976
by Nikodim (Rotov)
Personal details
Birth name Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev
Born 20 November 1946 (1946-11-20) (age 73)
Leningrad, Soviet Union

Kirill or Cyril (Russian: Кирилл, secular name Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev, Russian: Владимир Михайлович Гундяев; born 20 November 1946) is a Russian Orthodox bishop. He became Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on 1 February 2009.

Before becoming Patriarch, Kirill was Archbishop (later Metropolitan) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad from 26 December 1984. He was also Chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church's Department for External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod beginning in 1989.

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