There was a big blizzard yesterday. Petrograd is all covered in snow like a village. The snow is not being cleaned, all street cleaners now occupy important positions in the ministries, they are now chiefs, inspectors, etc. See more
People's Commissariat has issued a decree on forming a board tasked with creating a Department to protect motherhood and infancy. The Soviet authorities are the first in the world to acknowledge maternity as a social function legally. Given that a woman in a labor republic will always have labor duty, the Soviet government has decided to solve the problem of motherhood welfare from this point of view.
The Secretary of the Soviet, Alyosha Tsvetkov, set off on a reconnaissance mission. He came back with a report, stating that an amazingly well-equipped building had been found. It had everything: small, separate rooms, a canteen, a kitchen, all facilities, and - crucial in these hungry times - food supplies. See more
Women workers still barely participate actively in the Soviets. Nonetheless, since the very first days of Soviet rule, they have been able to bring to the Soviets a lively, productive discussion about easing the burden of motherhood for women.
Central Committee in session in the Smolny. Resolutions adopted: all members of the Central Committee have committed themselves to remain in the Smolny at all times. Official decisions taken to break with the appeasing Central Executive Committee; to intensify patrols around the Smolny; to set up machine-gun posts; to dispatch Dzerzhinsky to the Post and Telegraph buildings in order to secure these crucial communication centres for the revolution; to establish a reserve headquarters in the Peter and Paul Fortress in case the Smolny is taken out of the picture.
An examination and inspection of Red Guard’s readiness for battle. The Smolny looks like a fortress: machine guns, rifles, boxes of ammunition. And our best comrade workers with rifles behind their backs… Worker women in nurse kerchiefs. The revolution headquarters are preparing an offensive.
The resolution of the Central Committee has chosen the course of “A.I.”: “armed insurrection is unavoidable. The time is ripe”. The Central Committee has ordered all organizations to prepare. See more
Parcels from factories and the navy suddenly stopped arriving again. What happened? What is the reason for this? I can’t sleep at night. I’m already used to criminals having rows at night, and now I’m awake, and thinking, thinking… I’ve started feeling unwell during my walk. They called a doctor. She was very strict and unemotional. She prescribed digitalis. Told me to stay in bed.
Late August. In the mornings, the sun makes its way into the cell in long, slanting rays. You watch the rays avidly, lovingly. While that ray is in your cell, it is as though you have a most welcome guest. Then higher, higher—it slips along the ceiling, gets caught for a moment in the bars on the window. And disappears… the cell is empty. The welcome guest has departed. At eleven, the prison superintendent arrives.
Two wardresses at the door. Both are entirely weighed down with packages.
“What a delivery you’ve got today! It’s like an entire wholesale shop. You’ve got everything! White bread, sausages, canned goods, butter, eggs, honey…” See more
In the middle of the night, I woke up to a burst of indecent noise. Hysterical female screams: “Help! They’re destroying me! They’re killing me!” Footsteps, male voices. Noise. And again those splitting female screams. On this sort of night, it’s no good to be in prison. In the morning, the wardress, the one who had five cats, explained that the criminal wing is full. See more
I have a cellmate. An American woman. A dancer. Suspected of espionage. She's a noisy, demanding person. She "fights" with the prison guards via a translator. She brings "prison inspection" upon herself. See more