Stalin’s report on Orenburg, the Ural region and Turkestan. The possibility of cutting Siberia off from Russia. Orders for comrades Stalin and Kolegaev: 1) to hold talks with the Military Commissariat on the immediate fulfilment of the demands for military assistance and to monitor the execution of these demands; 2) having agreed on the necessity of dispatching money to Samara, to hold talks with the Military Commissariat and the manager of the State Bank on the size of the required sum and the details of its delivery.
A decree (proposed by Lenin) authorising the arrest of “the most prominent members of the Central Committee of the party of the enemies of the people” and their trial before revolutionary tribunals:
“Members of the leading bodies of the Constitutional Democrat Party, as a party of the enemies of the people, are liable to arrest and trial by revolutionary tribunal. See more
Local Soviets must exercise special surveillance over the Constitutional Democrat Party on account of its links to the Kornilov-Kaledin civil war against the revolution. The decree enters into effect from the time of signing.”
Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars
(Passed unanimously, with one vote against – that of Stalin).
The counterrevolution is preparing another Kornilov putsch. The first Kornilov conspiracy was defeated, but counterrevolution was not broken. See more
It only retreated, hiding behind the back of Kerensky’s government and asserted itself in its new position. The second Kornilov putsch that is being prepared now has to be rooted out in order to keep the revolution out of danger.
The day of the uprising needs to be efficiently chosen. They say that we need to wait for an attack by the government, but we have to understand what can be construed as an attack. See more
An increase of bread prices, a dispatch of Cossacks to the Donetsk region, etc—all this is an attack. How long should we wait if there is no military attack? What Kamenev and Zinoviev are suggesting, objectively, allows the counter-revolution to prepare and to organise. We will retreat constantly and will lose the revolution. Why can’t we provide ourselves with a possibility of choosing the day of the revolt, so as not to give counter-revolution an opportunity to organise?
The bourgeois Provisional Government, backed into a corner by the pressing revolution, is trying to wiggle out of it, slapping us with false promises that they are not planning to flee Petrograd and surrender the capital.
Power to the Soviets means a thorough cleansing of any and all governmental agencies, from back to front and top to bottom.
Power to the Soviets means the appointment and replacability of any and all “superiors” from back to front. See more
Power to the Soviets means the appointment and replacability of “government authorities” in the city and in the village, in the army and the navy, in “departments” and “establishments”, on the railways and in the post offices.
Power to the Soviets means the dictatorship of the proletariat and revolutionary peasantry.
Stalin somehow fell asleep with the pipe in his hand still smoking. When he woke up, the room was already filled with smoke: his blanket was smoldering with flames from the pipe. See more
“It’s not the first time this has happened,” Stalin explained exasperatedly, “No matter how hard I concentrate, I still drift off.”
Everyone talks about the urban famine nowadays. The ghosts of the “bony hands of hunger” float above the cities. But no one wants to admit that hunger has reached the countryside too. See more
No one wants to understand that it is precisely on the foundation of this hunger that most of our “agrarian unrest” and “pogroms” are playing out.
They talk of economic breakdown. Write of economic breakdown. They blackmail with the ghost of economic breakdown, oftentimes nodding at the “anarchically” minded workers. But no one wants to openly admit that capitalists frequently create and purposefully aggravate the economic breakdown by closing factories and condemning workers to unemployment.
While the Democratic Conference in Petersburg drowns in its own verbiage, and the initiators of the conference come up with ridiculous formulas concerning the “redemption” of the revolution, while those in Kerensky’s government, encouraged by Buchanan and Milyukov, continue to tread “their own” path, a defining historical element, a new power, genuinely from the people, genuinely revolutionary, engaged in a desperate struggle for its very existence, is growing in Russia. See more
On the one hand are the Soviets, standing at the head of the revolution, at the head of the struggle against the counter-revolution, which is far from defeated, having only beaten back a tactical retreat hidden behind the back of the government. On the other side is Kerensky’s government, which covers the counter-revolutionaries, conspires with the Kornilovites (the Cadets!), which declares war on the Soviets in order to smash them before it is itself smashed.
All that matters now is who will triumph in this struggle.
In connection with the KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 conspiracy recently there has been a massive departure of foreigners from Russia. The mercenaries of the bourgeois press try to relate this phenomenon with the “rumours of peace” or even “the triumph of Bolshevism” in St.Petersburg and Moscow. See more
But this is a noisy and close-minded trick of the yellow press, designed to hide from the reader the real reason for this departure. The real reason is the unconditional involvement of some foreigners in Kornilov’s conspiracy, and these brave gentlemen are now wisely trying to evade responsibility.
It is know that the servants of the armoured vehicles that accompanied the “wild division” to Petersburg consisted of foreigners. It is known that some representatives of embassies in the GHQ not only knew about Kornilov’s conspiracy, but also helped Kornilov prepare it. It is known that an agent of the “Times” and the imperialist clique in London, an adventurer Aladin, who came from England directly to a Moscow meeting, and then “proceeded” to the GHQ, was the soul and instrument of the Kornilov insurrection. Picture…
Finally, we have a “new” (completely new!) government of five. Kerensky, Tereschenko, Verkhovskiy, Verderevskiy, and Nikitin, the “Directorate” of five—this is the “new” power, “elected” by Kerensky, approved by Kerensky, accountable to Kerensky and independent from workers, peasants, and soldiers.
We need to discard the outmoded perception that only Europe can show us the way. There is dogmatic Marxism and creative Marxism. I stand on the ground of the latter.
The situation has fundamentally changed. Our tactics should change accordingly. Previously we stood for a peaceful transfer of power to the Soviets. Now the resolutions of the Soviets are being ignored. Now, the existing dictatorship must be overthrown before power can be taken. The overthrow of the imperialist dictatorship of the bourgeoise - this should now be the next slogan of the party.