Suddenly it’s grown very cold. Temperature has dropped below 0°. We are losing the Baltic sea and returning to the borders the way they were during the time of Ivan the Terrible.
A commissar of the Romanian Front has commented on the dangers presented by the vast quantities of wine stored so near our trenches in Bessarabia. It is of the utmost importance to remove this wine from Bessarabia, sparing no expense in providing the army with the security it needs.
The Vyborg Food Committee has issued food cards to the Romanov family. Only the sick members of the former royal family will get flour.
BiryukovPavel Biryukov is a publicist, a biographer of Leo Tolstoy. said that the Americans are making inroads into Russia and believe that they outclass her not only morally but materially as well. They’ve dispatched hundreds of missionary laymen there to convert the Russians to their faith. They take their mission of “God and the dollar” very seriously.
Liberation can only be possible if Bolsheviks seize power.
Savinkov suspects German work in the KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 business. His point is that there were three possible outcomes of the “ adventure ” :
The first and the second solutions would have been in Russia's interests. Only the third was in Germany’s interests, and the third was the actual outcome.
I have personally met officers on the Northern Front who frankly preferred military disaster to cooperation with the Soldiers’ Committees. The secretary of the Petrograd branch of the Cadet party told me that the break-down of the country’s economic life was part of a campaign to discredit the Revolution. See more
An Allied diplomat, whose name I promised not to mention, confirmed this from his own knowledge. I know of certain coal-mines near Kharkov which were fired and flooded by their owners, of textile factories at Moscow whose engineers put the machinery out of order when they left, of railroad officials caught by the workers in the act of crippling locomotives…
It need not be repeated that the case for despotism is democratic. As a rule its cruelty to the strong is kindness to the weak.
What a revelation of the vitality of the Russian Revolution, after all these months of starvation and disillusionment! The bourgeoisie should have better known its Russia.
The trial of KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 was coming on. More and more openly the bourgeois press defended him, speaking of him as “the great Russian patriot.” Burtzev’s paper, Obshtchee Dielo (Common Cause), called for a dictatorship of Kornilov, Kaledin and Kerensky! See more
I had a talk with Burtzev one day in the press gallery of the Council of the Republic. A small, stooped figure with a wrinkled face, eyes near-sighted behind thick glasses, untidy hair and beard streaked with grey.
“Mark my words, young man! What Russia needs is a Strong Man. We should get our minds off the Revolution now and concentrate on the Germans. Bunglers, bunglers, to defeat Kornilov; and back of the bunglers are the German agents. Kornilov should have won.”
It was a clear, cold day. I learned of the arrival yesterday of Mr. Gibbs, but I still have not seen him, probably because he brought some things and letters which have not been inspected. I began the sixth volume of Leskov.