Although I do not know much more about Metropolitan Sergius' primacial ministry other than the generalities that have been commonly published, it should be noted that initially, when he assumed the position of Deputy Locum Tenens of the Church of Russia, he did issue a rational commentary on the state of affairs in the Communist Soviet Union, asserting the church would maintain its spiritual responsibilities to its faithful, criticising the Soviets for their actions against the church, similar to a commentary issued soon after the Bolshevik Revolution by St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America, but asserting that the church would avoid critique of the civil Soviet authorities, essentially. He was imprisoned for this message; only God and a few Communist security guards know what treatment His Eminence was subjected to while in the custody of the Bolsheviks. Upon his release, he issued the famous "The joys and sorrows of the state are the joys and sorrows of the church," message; (paraphrased). My only point is we should not be too prompt to judge the Orthodox clergy of the Stalinist era, not knowing the specific autocracies to which they were subject by the vile, inhuman Communists. I think it's more likely that his actions on behalf of the church saved at least a facade of a church institution, rather than taking the position that he was inspired by the Devil as depicted in the painting above; (I purposely didn't refer to it as an "icon").