The detachment then withdrew to the district center of Pitelino.
On 21 March, in Pitelino village, the poor peasants demanded immediate monetary payment for work done on the collective farm, a free share of the harvest, the opening of churches, and the return of their local priest who had been arrested by the OGPU.
41] By retelling the story in this way the district party secretary downplayed the events in Pitelino, blaming them all on acceptable, traditional enemies--the "pomeshchik" and the "kulak"--when in fact the uprising involved almost all of the inhabitants of the unruly villages.
According to Ianin's recollection, the new chairman of the district soviet executive committee was a "mediocre" member of the local police, one Subbotin, who had been transferred to Pitelino from Shatsk--in other words, both incompetent and an outsider.
In Gridino, the size of the crowd grew "at lightening speed" as it prepared to march on Pitelino to demand the "freeing of the arrested priests.
Ianin writes that the mutineers intended to surround Pitelino and take it by storm, but they were confronted by a detachment of three hundred Red Army soldiers from Sasovo led by the chairman of the county soviet executive committee, Shtrodakh, and the secretary of the county party committee, Gilinskii.
Ianin's account, written almost thirty years after the Pitelino events, continued the reconstruction of the Pitelinskii rebellion already initiated at the February meeting of the district party secretaries.
What the events on Pitelino capture vividly is the high degree of solidarity among the villages of the district.
A brigade member raped a local woman in Malye Mochily  and the detachment sent by the state killed at least two Pitelino peasants.