Moscow, Ural Bolsheviks, Nicholas discussed on Revolutions
Brought Nicholas back to Moscow. It might spark an uncontrollable lynch mob. It might spark an uncontrollable uprising to set him free. Well, maybe not. But without any real pressure to come up with a final plan, the people's commissars procrastinated, and they set the decision aside for another day. The pressure to come up with a final plan ultimately started building from local circumstances east of the Ural Mountains. In February, a Congress of Soviets from the Ural region convened in the major industrial city of yekaterinburg, which elected a Bolshevik dominated executive committee. The Ural Bolsheviks tended to be more hard line and radical than their comrades in Moscow, and they were also more immediately annoyed that bloody Nicholas and his family were allowed to just hang out in their backyard like nothing had ever happened. They started petitioning Moscow to transfer the romanovs to yekaterinburg, where they would be held in the kind of real prison they deserved. This was a matter of some delicacy for the central committee back in Moscow, because they were aware many of their comrades in the urals were itching to answer the question of what to do about the romanovs with a few well placed bullets. The central committee of the party in Moscow wasn't sure that's what they wanted to happen, but they also didn't want to cause any schisms with the Ural Bolsheviks nor provoke them into doing something they'd all later regret. Pressure mounted further when red guard detachments finally arrived in tobolsk in late March. The problem being that the red guards were not on the same page. One group of about 250 were sent from yekaterinburg, while another 400 arrived representing the rival city of omsk. Neither detachment was particularly disciplined nor were they interested in subordinating themselves to the other's authority. Meanwhile, the guard units at the governor's palace were getting awfully restless because their wages hadn't been paid for an obnoxiously long time. With reports about all this in hand, Moscow finally appointed a guy called vasili Kafka, to go take command of the whole situation..