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Revocation of property rights for the owners of dachas.
A few days ago, in Siversky, peasants proposed to a Mr B, the owner of a dacha, that he vacate his property. Not long ago, the newspapers reported on a special “decree” issued by the Smolny Institute, revoking property rights for the owners of dachas. The dacha owners either did not read the article or did not believe it. However, the “decree” turned out to be a fact.
After a battle, Russian Bolshevik troops have surrendered themselves as prisoners to the Chinese. A reliable source in Harbin has confirmed that a battle took place between Chinese forces and Russian Bolshevik troops this morning, after which the Russians surrendered, were disarmed, and were taken prisoner. The garrison has been occupied by the Chinese.
The Vyborg Food Committee has issued food cards to the Romanov family. Only the sick members of the former royal family will get flour.
The Freeing of Count Frederiks
Court Investigator Brykin of the Emergency Investigatory Committee has decreed that former Imperial Household Minister Count Frederiks is to be released on bail of 50,000 roubles. The decision was taken on account of the count’s advanced age and current illness. Count Frederiks bank manager, Mr Alberich, paid the bail yesterday, after which the order was given to free the count, who was at that time under guard in the French Hospital, without delay.
Yasnaya Polyana destroyed.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has received very distributing information from Yasnaya Polyana. Peasants are destroying Yasnaya Polyana, killing crops, plundering gardens and allotments, cutting down the forest. See more
The widow of the late Leo Tolstoy, Sofia Andreyevna, appealed to Nikitin, the minister of Internal Affairs with a request to protect the estate from further lawlessness of peasants and complete destruction of the property. It is interesting to note that 700 dessiatins of the best land was transferred to the peasants with no compensation in Leo Tolstoy’s will. Only 200 dessiatins make up the Yasnaya Polyana estate now, including 45 acres of arable land, a favourite forest, where Leo Tolstoy’s grave is located, and some other low-value land. It seems, from what has been said, that as per the will of Leo Tolstoy, the peasants received a generous gift- around four fifths of the entire estate’s land, and to this generous gift they now repay it with dark ingratitude.
Evacuation from Petrograd to Moscow
Moscow mayor received a proposal from the chief representative of freight unloading to find quarters for a number of organizations that are being evacuated from Petrograd. For this the mayor was allocated funding.
Who stole the mementos of Pushkin?
In the whirlwind of the events of the revolution the story of the destruction of the Pushkin Museum in the Alexandrov Lyceum flashed almost imperceptibly. See more
In the first days of the revolution, the museum was subjected to “requisition”. A search was conducted there. After a while, the museum’s administration discovered the loss of Pushkin’s items. The things lost included: the bullet, which, according to legend, was found in the waistcoat of the wounded poet, golden scissors, a ring and other things. The ring, which was glorified by the poet in one of his poems, has a special talisman, and, according to legend, belonged to rarities exported from the East. On the ring’s rim there was an inscription from Talmud.
News is coming from Finland that in the very near future the Swedish border is to be shut.
This measure is being proposed in light of warnings of a big flood of Russian emigrants and is connected with the food crisis in Sweden.
The “Zeit” newspaper reports that the people of Vienna have potatoes for the winter (1,5 potato per person per day), and even this laughable amount can be brought in only from Galicia which is planning to ban potato export.
Closure of Museums
From the first of September all museums in the capital will be closed for visitors. In accordance with directions from the Provisional Government, the most highly treasured museum artifacts are to be packed and removed from the city. Paintings are already being taken down, reframed and packed into special containers in the Museum of Alexander III. Where exactly the museum will be evacuated to is currently unknown. Preparations are being overseen by departmental heads.
Is anyone buying paintings these days? Maybe there are some buyers, but hardly any merchants. At least, almost all major metropolitan painting merchants deny their customers sales, especially if the painting is the work of some ancient master. See more
- Now there’s no point in selling valuables, - one merchant told me. - You do not know the price for which you can buy things. For some time now I have been buying things, but I do not sell anything…
No matter how hard the authorities try to ban the baking of sweet pastries and cakes, throngs of customers continue to congregate at the city’s confectioners.
Judging by the quantities in which they devour them, the public’s appetite for sweets seems only to grow.
Where are the city’s potatoes? The rascals have raised their prices to 55 kopecks for two ounces. With the rascals exasperating the populace with their prices for this produce and prepared to transform it into a delicacy inaccessible to the poor, people have the right to ask: “City potatoes bought in bulk from Estland [Estonia], where are you?” Why do you lie idly under wraps, why do you not go on sale to the public? It’s high time, city potatoes, for you to provide some competition to the potatoes being sold by the rascal greengrocers. Or could it be that you became a casualty of your winter journey from Estland to Petrograd? Or have you sprouted or rotted? Respond, then! Where are you, and what has befallen you?