Similarly, the Sretensk chamber sent a lengthy missive to the Manzhouli garrison describing the Reds' harsh policies during the summer of 1920.
The Sretensk chamber's appeal had its intended effect.
(60) Vladivostok Consul Shao charged the Sretensk association with interviewing Chinese miners who, in the winter of 1918, had fallen victim to a series of thefts and murders in the Ust-Kara gold mines.
Apart from Vladivostok, Manzhouli, and Khabarovsk--where chamber, consular, and/or Chinese military presence were strong--associations extended protection and assistance into new areas, particularly those with large numbers of workers: in Petrograd, in the mining regions of Sretensk and Amur oblast, and in towns that had achieved newfound prominence during the Civil War such as Chita or Verkhne-Udinsk.
(71) Both the Sretensk and Verkhne-Udinsk associations submitted lists on the effects of War Communism in their towns, the former working together with the Manzhouli chamber of commerce to produce its report.