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Favorite thing: Novonikolaevsk continued its safe and successful development even in such storming and tragical for Russia years as 1915-1917. Shops were heaped up with goods; all markets were packed with bread, meat and butter. Merchants of Novonikolaevsk, who had become rich enormously because of military supplies, were thinking already of building of a tram line. Town's inhabitants were discussing lively the erecting of the Invalid House that recently began, and obviously that event was more interesting for them then war and revolution in Russia. May be that was the reason they accepted without any enthusisam the message about Bolsheviks, who had come into power in the capital of Russia.

Nevertheless, the town couldn't stand aside of social cataclysms. On December,1917 the Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers` Deputies of Novonikolaevsk seized the power. And just after that the civil war came to the town. On May, 1918 Czechoslovak prisoners of war set up the outbreak and together with White Guards captured Novonikolaevsk. The town became the important strategic place of admiral Kolchak's Army accounted of 500 thousand. But on December of 1919 Novonikolaevsk was taken by Red Army.

Fondest memory: The folly of civil war acquired monstrous forms. "White" and "red" terror, military actions, terrible typhus and cholera epidemics, - all those took off many thousands of lives. The bridge across Ob was blown up. For the first time in the Novonikolaevsk' history the number of town inhabitants decreased.
The town revived only in 1921 after starting of Lenin's New Economic Policy. At that time Novonikolaevsk again was turned up into commercial, industrial and TRANSPORTATIONcenter where many thousands of peasants carts brought grain and butter. Workers, who had scampered about surrounding villages before, came now back to their depot and factories. Soon the Bolsheviks' regional political administration run over from Omsk to Novonikolaevsk. In 1925 there was formed the vast Siberian Region spreading from the Vasugan swamps up to the Trans-Baikal steppes, and Novonikolaevsk became its administrative center.

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  • Written Oct 31, 2004
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