Catherine the Great
One of the Key figures for the Survival of the Society was the Empress of Russia - Catherine the Great. The daughter of a minor German Prince she converted from Lutheranism to Russian Orthodoxy when she married into the Russian Royal Family and ascended to the throne after her husband Peter III was overthrown and later assassinated. Her involvement with this is unclear. In 1768 she formally became protector of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, absorbing them into the Russian Empire. So when the brief of suppression was promulgated 5 years later she refused to endorse it - wanting to retain the Jesuit Colleges. She was keen to foster the loyalty of the Polish nobility and assert her independence of the Bourbon powers. This left the Jesuits in 'White Russia' in limbo, but also eventually with a chance to regroup and rebuild.