Dzerzhinsky's report on the organization and staff of a commission to combat sabotage. Name the commission the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission under the Council of People's Commissars to Combat Counterrevolution and Sabotage. Purpose of the commission: See more
1) Search for and liquidate all counterrevolutionary and sabotage politics and activities throughout Russia, attempting to see that none succeed. 2) Bring to trial before the Revolutionary Tribunal all saboteurs and counterrevolutionaries and develop means to combat them. 3) The commission carries out preparatory investigations insofar as they are necessary for the search. 4) The commission is divided into departments: 1. information. 2. organizational department (for organizing the struggle against counterrevolution in all of Russia), and 3. a sub-department, a department for struggle. The commission structure will be finalized tomorrow. The commission should pay chief attention to the press, sabotage, and other rightist SR sabotage.
The time for talking is over. Anyone can see that our revolution is in danger. We are too inclined to react to events with generosity. Our opponents are gathering strength. The counter-revolutionaries are active throughout the country, winning converts to their ranks. Yet the greatest enemy is here, in Petrograd, ready to strike at our very heart. See more
We have irrefutable proof of this threat, and must man this front, the most dangerous and must brutal, with the most decisive, aggressive, and loyal comrades. I propose, I demand that we initiate revolutionary reprisals against those who support the counter-revolution. And the time for action is not tomorrow, but today, right now...
An unofficial session of the Central Committee of the Russian Social Democratic Workers Party (Bolsheviks) is opened by Trotsky. 11 people are present, including Lev Kamenev and Felix Dzerzhinsky.
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.
We must clearly and decidedly state that those who advised comrades Lenin and Zinovyev not to be arrested did right. We must clearly respond to the harassment of the bourgeois press that would unnerve our laborers. Harassment against Lenin and Zinovyev is harassment against us, against the party, against revolutionary democracy. See more
We must make clear to our comrades that we do not trust the Provisional Government and the bourgeoisie, that we will not give up Lenin and Zinovyev until justice shines victorious, that is, until this shameful tribunal ends. In the name of the congress, we must applaud the actions of comrades Lenin and Zinovyev.
My dear Zosia and Yasik! Have you received my telegram and a postcard that I have sent after my release? It has been several days now that I have been resting, almost in the village, in Sokolniki, because the impressions and the fever of the first days of freedom and revolution were too powerful and my nerves, weakened by so many years of prison silence, could not withstand the pressure. Now, I am using the time in order to fill the gaps in my knowledge and to bring my thoughts in order. See more
I have fully plunged into my element.
I am still in solitary confinement with the same companion, and fairly content on the whole. I work at my machine for five hours every day. You don’t need to send me anything, and in any case, almost everything is forbidden except pork fat, sugar and bread, but we have all that here anyway. I am very grateful for the chocolate, grapes and sweets that Yasik wants to send me; I hope that at some time in the future we will eat them together.
My dearest Zosya,
Here, in prison I can’t keep a postcard even from our young son. I was hoping they would give me at least one day to look at it. Perhaps even more. I have Yasik’s postcard before me, written by him, and his words, thoughts, and feelings make me smile. How happy I am with you, my dear, I would release bubbles in the air, so that they, colorful and beautiful, floated slowly, and we would follow them, with our heads craned and blowing so they didn’t fall.
And I think when you grow up, and you'll be big and strong, we will teach ourselves how to fly a plane. We’ll fly like birds, to the high mountains, to the clouds in the sky, and the towns and villages, fields and forests, valleys and rivers, lakes and seas—the whole beautiful world—will be below us. And the sun will be above us, and we'll fly. My Yasik, don’t worry that I'm no longer with you. It can’t be otherwise. I love you, my sweetheart. You are my joy though I can only see you in my thoughts and dreams. You’re my entire happiness. Be good, kind, cheerful and healthy. Always be happy for mommy, me, and the people so that when you grow up, work, and enjoy your work and please others, and be an example to them. I kiss you and hug tightly, my sonny boy.