A call from the Northern Hotel: there are large demonstrations on Nevsky, but they are not letting anyone on Liteinyi Prospekt. One demonstration on Liteinyi has already been gunned down, by the building number 19. Most of the demonstrators are workers. One member of the Constituent Assembly has been killed, one soldier, some workers, many are wounded. There are machine-guns ambushes—from where they were shooting. Somewhere close to Kirochnaya or Furshtadtskaya a demonstration of 6 Red Army Soldiers was gunned down. While sailors were sitting on rooftops (instead of policemen). One girl was stabbed in the neck by a Red Army soldier, and when she fell he kept stabbing her until she died.
The newspaper “Den’” (‘Day’) turned into “Noch’” (‘Night’) after the first closure; into “Dark Night” after the second; “Midnight” emerged after the third. After the fourth it became “Into the deep night”, and then the door was slammed completely shut. See more
Today the Daily Newspaper of writers was released, and in the afternoon there was a rally. It was a protest against the stifling of the press. Many people spoke: Deych, Peshekhonov, Merezhkovsky, Sologub… Gorky didn’t come, on the grounds of an illness. But in the hall we bumped into him going to Manukhin’s place; he looked gloomy, hostile, dark, but healthy. We made a point of giving him a stern telling off. But I think he’s afraid. Afraid somehow both on the inside and on the outside…
With every day the Bolshevik “government” that consists of criminal riffraff (with the exception of scoundrel-ringleaders and other adherents) gradually pulls in the security forces. A thug, Orlov-Kievskiy, is now a commissar. See more
At the benefit concert at the Intimate Theatre, they performed a romance by RachmaninovComposer, pianist, conductor, based on (old) lyrics by Merezhkovsky “Christ has Risen.” One sailor from the audience did not like the meaning of the lyrics (Christ would have cried had he seen the earth covered in blood and hatred of our days). So the sailor shot at the singer, point blank. Grazed his hair, almost killed him.
That’s how things are here. The main stairwell of the Smolny is covered in red wine and has frozen like that. And it is the Residenz-Palace!
Something has happened to me. I can’t write. “Russia has been sold on the cheap”. After various attempts at “peace-making” by the military high command, after the disgraceful elections to the Constituent Assembly, elections held under the bullets and bayonets of our new thugocracy, after all the decrees of madmen calling to dissolve the Municipal Duma, the “bulwark of the counterrevolution”, what is there to say? Speaking the truth feels as shameful as lying. See more
When they suppress the Constituent Assembly (and they will suppress it!), I think I will fall silent forever. From shame. It is a shame which is difficult to adjust to and heavy to bear.
Three years ago Germany declared war on us; how I wish all had survived those three years! God help and save Russia. It was very hot. I took a short walk with Tatiana, MarieThird daughter of Nicholas II and Anastasia, and again a whole patrol from the Third Infantry Regiment came along. We worked in the same place as before. We cut down three trees and finished yesterday's fir tree. Now I am reading the novel by Merezhkovsky, Alexander I.
During the morning I took my usual walk throughout the park. The heat became unusual. I began to read Julian by Merezhkovsky. During the day we cultivated two more flower beds in front of the marble vase In the center garden. I went for a ride in the canoe. I took a bath before tea. See more
At 6:30 we went to vespers. Thunder clouds were gathering and thunder could be heard. During dinner it began to rain like a stream for 10 minutes.