That was the exact phrase I thought of as I was typing.
Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Does being a KGB stool pigeon count as good fruit?
See this...Stalin's Hollow Cross: The Russian Orthodox Church as a Soviet Political Tool
by Jordan Hupka (in Constellations Volume 2, No. 2, Winter 2011)
It has been said that the Second World War saved the Russian Orthodox Church from extermination. Ever since the Revolution of 1917, the religious peoples of Russia were constantly persecuted by Soviet ideologists and politicians. Prior to Operation Barbarossa, in 1941, it seemed that the days of the Russian Orthodox Church, the largest religious institution in the Soviet Union, were numbered. However, the unique climate of the Second World War forced the Soviet government to end its war against the church. The Kremlin soon saw the Church as a useful tool to help aid in the reoccupation of Eastern Europe.
And see Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in Czechoslovakia
by Andrew Sorokowski
"The communist take-over in February 1948 did not bode well for the Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia... The subjugation of the church began in 1949 with a government demand for an oath of allegiance... Two laws of 14 October 1949 concerning the church gave the government control over the content of sermons, and the right to censor pastoral letters and even Papal encyclicals. A Bureau of Church Affairs was set up. During Easter week 1950, a trial of superiors of orders and congregations was held, and many were confined in concentration camps and monastery-prisons. On 13 April 1950 all monasteries and convents were ordered to be closed... The GreekCatholic Cathedral of Presov was forcibly seized after Bishop Goidych refused to surrender the keys..."
"While the Greek-Catholic Church was suffering persecution, the Orthodox Church enjoyed the support of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Soviet government..."