From correspondence in the newspaper "Struggle" on the participation of South Ossetian peasants in the Sachkher region

Fri, 21/02/2020 - 14:19

From correspondence in the newspaper about the participation of South Ossetian peasants under the command of I. Kharebov and A. Dzhatiev in an armed uprising in the Sachkher region

Representative of G.K. arrived in Tiflis, who was held captive by rebels in the Sachkher region for more than two weeks. Comrade K. gave us very interesting information that shed light on the mood among the gangs advancing on Sachkher and on the nature of the whole movement.

Both the newcomers, mainly from the Gori District, Ossetians, and the peasantry of villages close to the Sachkher equally participated in the uprising. Ossetians arrived about 2,000 people 500 were armed ...

at the head of the Ossetians were two intellectuals. This is a well-known officer Kharebov (killed) and a student Alexander Dzhatiev, who managed to escape. They seduced Ossetians with the prospect of capturing not only Sachkher, but also Kutaisi. They assured their army that they were opposed by a "gang of mercenaries of the nobility," which would be easy to disperse. At the same time, they expressed confidence that Tiflis, if not already seized by the insurgent insurgents, would be seized the other day. They, apparently, should have implemented the general plan for the conquest of Georgia by the Bolsheviks, developed jointly with the heroes of the Dushet events ...

Ossetian gangs who arrived from Gori district were greeted by the local peasantry very sympathetically, as true liberators.

Among the peasantry of the Sachkher region ... before the speech, the usual rumor spread by the Bolshevik soldiers -deserters * that the Red Guard was a mercenary army of the nobility ... the government was powerless to curb the nobles, and the peasantry had to defend themselves with their own forces. In order to prevent the restoration of serfdom, it is necessary to physically destroy all the nobles and princes, regardless of age and gender ... When the peasants learned that they were required to surrender weapons, make arrears to the treasury, young people in the army, they decided – in this the Bolsheviks tried to assure them ... - that the nobility was trying to disarm them, so that then they could restore ... serfdom ...

The newspaper "Struggle" 1918, No. 130, 1 32.

* The Mensheviks called the revolutionary bandthe bandits, and the deserters - the Bolshevik soldiers who sided with the revolutionaries.

From the book "The struggle of the working people of South Ossetia for Soviet power" (1917-1921). Documents and materials. Compiled by I.N. Tskhovrebov.