Vladivostok. A meeting took place between local foreign consuls and Russian authorities on the question of protecting foreign nationals.
How painful it is to read this emissary’s telegram! Foreigners—for the most part, of course, our allies, do not trust our current state, are afraid for the life of their compatriots, who live in Russian towns. See more
And they are totally right! For Bolshevik propaganda and calls for soldier and worker demonstrations on the streets do not portend anything good. It is not shameful that they do not trust us with their lives, that they are afraid of us, but it is shameful that we have let ourselves fall that far. They are beginning to treat us like a small, barbarian nation that does not recognise the rights of other persons and another’s property. Wake up, brothers!
Those who arrived from Riga tell of an interesting directive of the German forces in Riga.
After the capture of Ezel, the Superintendent of Riga suggested to all priests in Russian churches, during mass, to refer in their prayers to Nicholas II and his family as the rulers of Russia, as in the times before the revolution. See more
The Germans are not concealing their certitude that they can install Nicholas II back to the throne and that they will carry out all peace negotiations with Nicholas II as the Russian Tsar.
That’s who the Germans are catering to in Russia—not to workers and soldiers, but to Nicholas II. The soldiers should keep this in mind.
On the Southwestern front in the district of Smalat, a postal pigeon flying from our rear in the direction of the enemy positions has been caught. The pigeon was carrying a coded message (with a note in a secret language for the enemy).
The Bolsheviks are retreating.
Before the Council at the Petrograd Union of the Workers and Solders’ Deputies the Bolsheviks have prevailed and, as is their wont, have now displayed the height of insolence. They have chosen Lenin and Zinoviev, who are hiding from the court being accused of treason, as their representatives to the Council. See more
The insolence is really unprecedented. Persons are accused of treason and of organizing civilian slaughter and they are being chosen as representatives to the Council on the organization of power in Russia. This time the Bolsheviks got ahead of themselves and had to retreat.
All the Japanese papers are featuring an English telegram describing Japanese-American talks, as a result of which Japan is supposed to enter the war in Russia’s place. The telegram shows that the state of affairs within Russia and, above all, the possibility of power passing to the Bolsheviks is causing serious concern among the Allies. See more
The Allies are expecting that, in this event, Russia will conclude a separate peace with Germany. The unfortunate events of recent days have entirely shattered all hopes of reviving our military might. As a result, Russia is in a grievous and humiliating position, which makes her comparable to Persia in the eyes of the world.
The departure of foreigners.
Regarding the mass exodus of foreigners - French and English from Russia. In the circles of the Provisional Government ii is viewed as regrettable, and that it is not surprising that, given the unbalanced situation in which we are in, foreigners prefer not to expose themselves to trouble. After all, unfortunately, it is not without reason that they say that in the event of the complete triumph of the Bolsheviks, representatives of foreign powers will prefer to leave Russia.
It is reported from the active army, which is stationed on some sectors of the Riga front, that Germans were firing huge quantities of black gases. Eyewitnesses say that gas waves completely cover the sky and fill the air. See more
It gets dark, like in the late twilight. Nothing is seen ahead. These gases are harmless, and lately Germans are firing combined waves of black gases with colourless, suffocating ones. As the enemy continues to use black gases, our soldiers adapt to them.