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Gaudin argues that land captains played a potentially decisive role in village politics, yet they were constrained by their dependence on volost officials and their lack of local knowledge.
The figures given by Krasnaia pechat' indicate a clear preference for those closest to the peasants and in a position to most oppress them--leaders of the village soviets and of volost executive committees, and militiamen.
The evolution of municipal institutions in the West Reserve is particularly interesting, as Gerhard John Ens has also shown us in his Volost and Municipality: The Rural Municipality of Rhineland, 1884-1984 (Altona: Rural Municipality of Rhineland, 1984).
And the volost worker Ol'kin, "a man little acquainted with agriculture," was named the chief of the district land department (RAIZO).