Map of the Royal dynasties of Europe
Map of the Royal dynasties of Europe
August in Petrograd is wonderful - even in 1917
The anniversary of war: "Three years of merciless, senseless war"
"The ideas of communism were completely wrecked"
Prices are going up: “One feels that soon only air and water will be left.”
Coffee already costs 30% more
Tsvetaeva: “You can write ten volumes on Akhmatova’s little book”
"Everyone in France has their gaze, longing and bitter, fixed on Russia"
"The greatest achievements in my life have been my poetry and children"
"We were fed poorly and expensively at restaurants (lunch - eighteen roubles instead of four)"
Akhmatova on rural socialists
Tsarevich Alexei’s drawing
Bunin: "I am poisoned by the newspapers"
Trotsky got arrested again
"Most repulsive is the sense of general cowardice"
"The victory of counter-revolution is fragile and short-lived"
Kerensky assumes nigh dictatorial powers
Russia awaits crop failure: "We need some rain, but it’s not coming. Very little rain this whole summer"
Trotsky complains about unfair accusations
"I went into church, which is always unlocked, and prayed for Russia, for them and for us all"
"Us smokers are having a terrible time here getting our hands on tobacco"
"In Russia everything is black once again and shall be blacker than before?"
"If the Emperor had not hurried to sign a renunciation, nothing would have happened"
"O unhappy country. God has truly punished her; he stole her reason"
Stalin bought a new suit
Bolsheviks are becoming more and more popular
"Lunacharskys, Trotskys, Lenins abound, Soviets, ministries, crises. And so many idiots!"
"Provisional Government decided to transport the Royal family. Destination is kept in a secret."
The Tsar’s family wishes to not get exiled abroad
Who is general Kornilov, the new Commander-in-Chief?
"People have been sending me nooses, images of axes, chopping blocks and hundreds of expletives"
"My hairdresser was a rude, sordid girl. Everyone is now rude, lazy, it’s as if they are doing you a favor"
Death penalty is introduced at the front
The Tsar’s family doesn’t know where they are going, they are told to bring warm clothes
Stalin suggests changing tactics
"Paintings need to be opened widely, as they are keys to new doors"
Nicholas II on his exile
"I am pulling flax and writing bad poetry"
"How awfully sad: they will be taken away tonigh"
Nicholas II wishes farewell to his brother
"For the first time I saw the former Empress just as a mother, anxious and crying"
"I cried all morning. They were taken away! And how difficult it was!"
New picture of Matisse
Russia is facing bad harvest
"Poor Kerensky is a Danton-like marionette, his strings in the hands of England and President Wilson"
Kandinsky on rustic art
Einstein on Europe’s Fate
"We need to discard the outmoded perception that only Europe can show us the way"
New Picture Of Kandinsky
General Kornilov is up to something
Kolchak is stunned by London
Poet Alexander Blok goes swimming between interrogations (he has a part-time job at the Commission of Inquiry)
"I always hated the Tsar, doing everything I could to contribute to his removal"
"Aleksey and Tatyana gathered flowers on the bank of the river"
The Tsar’s family passes Rasputin’s home village
Lenin lives in a hut
Bolsheviks suggest passing bombs to prison
American spy in lace underwear
Blok on Russian culture
Lenin flees to Finland in makeup
Einstein stays optimistic
Moscow experiences crime outrage
"That Kerensky is afraid of something is a fact, but of what? Of whom?"
Kerensky’s domestic ways have corrupted him
The authority of Commander-in-Chief Kornilov is rising
"Poor Russia! Madness of workers, stupidity of the government, rowdiness of the deputies"
Chaliapin visiting highlanders
Krupskaya secretly travels to Lenin to Finland
Sailors send arrested Bolsheviks generous packages
"A great discovery. I read Dostoevsky’s The Idiot from start to finish"
The recent poem of Mandelstam
Moscow was flooded with prostitutes
With his bosses gone, the poet Blok goes for a swim instead of working
"All of Moscow was living like a passenger at a railway station, waiting for the third bell"
Wilson welcomes the State Meeting in Moscow
Former Emperor’s family is brought to Tobolsk
"Drowning Russia is floundering and letting out bubbles"
State meeting opens in Moscow
What would Leo Tolstoy have written about 1917
Everyone greets Kornilov with applause - everyone but socialists
"Here in Russia we have a much better mutual understanding and liking with Americans than with the British"
Akhmatova asks her husband to take her to Paris
The Emperor sorts photographs of the distant voyage
Blok cannot yet determine the colour and smell of the revolution
It’s very nice in Crimea
Goncharova must bring back presents for Akhmatova from the best Parisian department store.
"Kerensky's speeches was the scream of a megalomaniac, hysterical through and through"
Stravinsky's new play for pianols
Do we need the death penalty?
Life in casern
Chairman of the Russian Church Cathedral elected
Empress-mother in a rage: "How outrageous, how scandalous!"
Lenin against the national state
From one revolution to another
Russia in 1917
1916: Year in Review.