Already concluded has been involved on business about armed resistance of police and it is twice sentenced to the execution replaced under pressing of public opinion by 6-year-old penal servitude.
In March, 1914 has been sent on eternal settlement to the Eastern Siberia. In 1916 ran and, being on illegal position, conducted revolutionary work among soldiers of the Western front.
Accepted active participation in preparation and carrying out of October revolution of 1917 after which victory has headed Ivanovo-Voznesensky gubispolkom, a party committee, a military commissariat; was the deputy of the Constituent assembly from Bolsheviks.
Since 1918 of Frunze - one of the most active participants of Civil war: in 1919 ordered Southern group of armies of East front, crushed And. V.Kolchaka, was the commander of armies of Turkestani front, a member of commission VTSIK and Sovnarkoma RSFSR on affairs of Turkestan.
In 1920 was at war against army of the Bukhara emir, supervised P.J.Vrangelja's over defeat.