TULA - CITY - HERO
Like a year ago, they failed to achieve significant results. By April 10, the strike had been abolished, as reported to Lenin. The Tula organization of the Bolsheviks developed wide political work among the masses. 160 communists were sent to the arms and other military factories by the party's sponge. F. Kurenkov, a prominent Party worker who had gone through the underground school, and other comrades who had been tested in the revolutionary struggle, returned here. By the decision of the Central Committee of the RCP (B.) Many communists from Izhevsk and Kharkov are sent to Tula. At the direction of VI Lenin, wagons arrived with food for the workers of the weapons and ammunition factories.
At the plenum of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions on April 11, 1919, Lenin gave a political assessment of the events in Tula, branded the activities of the Mensheviks. "To deprive us of several factories in Tula is to take away thousands of workers' lives."
That's how Tula became the arena of the sharpest class struggle. And in general it is understandable why she turned so powerfully here. Among the workers in the military industry, bribery of the tops of the working class took place to a greater extent than in other branches before the revolution; here there was a favorable ground for the incitement of the Mensheviks and Socialist-Revolutionaries who speculated on the difficulties of the first years of the revolution in order to provoke discontent with the policy of the workers 'and peasants' government . But at the same time, Tula meant too much to the revolution, for the young Soviet Republic, to give it to the Mensheviks. It is known that the Council of Workers 'and Peasants' Defense headed by V.I. Lenin during the first seven months of the Civil War discussed the activities of the Tula Arms Factory 25 times. Vladimir Ilyich himself personally showed great interest in establishing business in Tula. And when the Communists of the city secured their influence in the trade union committees, when the provincial congress of the Union of Metalworkers in a telegram to VI Lenin gave a "socialist oath to the metalworkers to die but to defeat domestic and foreign imperialists", informed of his decision to "tenfold the development of weapons," the leader The proletariat immediately, on the same day June 11, 1919, gave a reciprocal telegram: "I greet from the bottom of my heart the decision of the Tula Congress of Metalworkers to multiply the development of weapons and so on. I ask you to inform me monthly, by mail or with an eye, what actual successes in all your decisions are being made. "
No, it was not possible to counter-revolution to repel the city of gunsmiths from the Soviet government, it was not possible to deprive the Tula weapon of a young Republic. This class battle was confidently won by the Bolsheviks. And maybe, never in its centuries-old history Tula's role as an arsenal of weapons was as great as in the first years of the socialist revolution.