The detachment then withdrew to the district center of Pitelino. In response to the bells of the villages of Veriaevo and Gridino, a crowd of several thousand peasants coalesced in Veriaevo from at least ten surrounding villages, including Maleevka, Andreevka, Ferm, Mikhailovka, Dmitrievka, Pavlovka, Seniukhino, and Lubonos.
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.
 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.
Ianin claimed that the trouble began when the secretary of the Pitelinskii district party committee was replaced by one Fediaev "who was considered a talentless worker even in the volost' (district)." 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 adds that "in fact" the crowd intended to capture and take over the district center and commit a "pogrom," exterminate (istrebit') communists, and slaughter (perebit') "all of the soviet workers it despised." 
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.
 The brigades in Pitelino, however, violated the moral economy of the villages in the district both in a moral and economic sense.