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Vyoshenskaya Uprising
Part of the Southern Front of the Russian Civil War
DateMarch 11 - June 8, 1919
LocationRostov Oblast around Vyoshenskaya
Result Victory of the insurgents and their entry into the White armies.
Upper Don Cossacks
Don Army
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Southern Front
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic 8th Army (RSFSR)
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic 9th Army (RSFSR)
Commanders and leaders
Pavel Kudinov
Vladimir Sidorin
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Pavel Knyagnitsky
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Tichon Hvesin
unknown 14,000
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The Vyoshenskaya Uprising (or Upper Don rebellion) (March 11 - June 8, 1919) was an uprising of the Don Cossacks during the Russian Civil War led by Pavel Kudinov against the Bolsheviks, which had occupied the Upper Don district in January–March 1919. The uprising was centered around the village of Vyoshenskaya.

The uprising[]

At the end of 1918 and beginning of 1919 the Tsaritsyn Front of the Don Army suffered a serious defeat against the Bolsheviks in the Voronezh–Povorino Operation. The Don Army retreated south, but many Upper-Don Cossacks went home, hoping for some peace settlement with the Red Army. But the Red Army ordered the Cossacks to surrender all weapons within 24 hours under the threat of execution. They also decided to confiscate the property from the "rich and bourgeois" and any money except Soviet money was banned. The district was flooded with Red units passing south to the front, leading to requisitioning of bread, horses and ordinary robbery. The Red tribunals began to draw up execution lists. By the beginning of the uprising, up to 300 Cossacks had been shot, and rumors of executions lists of hundreds of Cossacks from every village, completely upset the Upper Don Cossacks. This lead to a spontaneous uprising in the whole district, of which Pavel Kudinov became the leader.
To suppress the uprising, the Red Army was forced to divert 14,000 soldiers from the 8th and 9th armies of the Southern Front.
Despite the massive repression, the Don Cossacks managed, with the support of parts of the Don Army, to contain the onslaught of the expeditionary forces. Thus the insurrection was militarily an important factor in divirting an important part of the Red Army forces away from the front, which contributed to the successful offensive of the Don and Volunteer Army.

Between May 28-June 2, the Don Army command took to the offensive along the entire front. Having seized the initiative, the units of the Don Army occupied Millerovo in May, Lugansk on June 1 and, interacting with units of the Volunteer Army, drove the 8th Red Army to the north in the direction of Voronezh, and the 9th Red Army to the northeast in the direction of Balashov.

The Upper Don was again under control of the White Army.


  • This is a translation of an article in the Russian Wikipedia, Вёшенское восстание.
  • Venkov A. V. The Vyoshenskoye uprising. - M .: Veche, 2012. - ISBN 978-5-9533-6038-8 .
  • Krasnov V., Daines V. Unknown Trotsky. Red Bonaparte. - Moscow: Olma-Press, 2000. - 510 p. - 5000 copies. - ISBN 5-224-01104-3 .

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