The Russian church was a major part of everyday culture to much of the population in Russia. Over the early 1920’s the major changes that occurred to the church caused it to lose its grip on the churches hold of power in Russian society. After the actions of Patriarch Tikhon who had condemned the Bolsheviks the relations between the church and the Soviet government became more rocky. After the Bolsheviks were condemned by the church, Lenin and his fellow conspirators came up with a three pronged approach to undermining the churches’ authority. One of these attacks was to take all of the gold and foreign currency away from the people. This action applied to the churches as well and the large amounts of gold that the church controlled. The reasoning behind this was to pay for the lack of food that was plaguing the nation at this time.
After carrying out a number of operations to undermine and split the clergy of the Russian church. This campaign by the Bolsheviks helped to drive religion farther out from the political world and thus opening the door for the Bolsheviks to take more control of Russian politics. The Russian governments stand against the church drove the populations of Russia to split into pro and anti-church units in which sides were harshly divided. This tactic to drive the people of Russia to different sides was used by many fronts during the Russian revolution in order to make the public easier to manipulate.