In February, 1973, K. Tumėnas replaced J. Rugienis as commissioner of the Council for Religious Affairs.

    J. Rugienis, a long-time KGB worker, had frequently behaved like a Chekist in carrying out his duties as commissioner: he abused, rebuked, and intimidated priests.

    Kazimieras Tumėnas is a Party worker, a doctoral candidate in the field of history, who completed the Social Science Academy in Moscow in 1964 and subsequently headed the lecturers' group of the Central Committee of the Lithuanian Communist party.

    This change bodes no good for the Church in Lithuania. It seems as though K. Tumėnas will be more tactful; however, like Rugienis, he will continue to work for the destruction of the Church.