We are standing at the abyss. War with the enemy has ceased, but a new and merciless war has been declared between brothers.
“Comrade Supreme Commander, we ask you to send, immediately, to Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Orenburg, such forces that, while not putting the front in danger, would suffice to quickly wipe from the face of the earth the counter-revolutionary insurrection of Cossack generals and bourgeois Kadets”. See more
Such is the order that Lev Trotsky sent over a direct line to Ensign Krylenko. I am speechless. I am petrified from the terror of what is to come. And helpless… There are elemental forces at work. What can one man do?
There's a lot of atrocious rumors about Kerensky. They say he's a christened Jew, or that he's heavily drinking at the Winter Palace, lying in the bed of Alexander III (even though Alexander III never lived in this palace). See more
They say that he divorced his wife and married Time, an actress, and their wedding took place in the palace church with the crowns from the royal wedding.
Everyone is spreading these atrocities, even the intellectuals.
Russia is in the grips of anarchy, with Petrograd blighted by murders and robberies. There were 77 acts of violence last night alone. A whole family was slaughtered the other day in Lesnoye. The suspects are police officers. Crowds have been raging for the third day in a row and demanding that the suspects be handed over to them. See more
The police are now a true horror in Petrogradians’ eyes. There’s no protection from any quarter. The other day a group of soldiers and some “acquaintances” took a fancy to the boots of a girl they’d encountered on Ligovka Street; wrenching them from her feet, they let her go, now scared out of her wits and shod only in stockings. The weather was foul and wet... there was nobody to intercede. There’s hooliganism at every turn, and there’s no reining it in.
The dancer Mata Hari is executed in Vincennes. She was convicted of espionage.
There was a time when all of Paris gathered to look at her famous belly dance. She performed in European capitals. Her other dance of the Devil, otherwise known as the Mephistopheles, produced just as much furor. She was beautiful, flexible and seductive. She wasn’t prone to debauchery, she took everything life offered her. And she succeeded in many things. Once, she appeared on stage with a black diamond on her chest, which drove all the Parisians crazy… See more
Hari was also known by many due to her eccentricity. She sometimes appeared on the Paris boulevards among kittens and monkeys. Since the beginning of the war, she began to lead a very reckless life. She spent all her time in the company of officers. They paid attention to her. Began to follow her. It turned out that she handed military secrets to Germany. She was arrested, and when all the circumstances of her vile betrayal were revealed, she was shot at Vincennes.
Not a life, but some sort of tabloid novel. At the same time, a terrible novel, a tragedy against the background of the sea of blood, the flaming cities, the roar of guns and the heartbreaking moans of the perishing… She did not value anything, she only took everything from life. And she got was she deserved… The corpse of her young body, they say, of a beautiful body, is disfigured by bloody stains, lies buried in a Vincennes ditch. She paid for what she has done. And the others…