Before there were tsarist sycophants, now—there are innumerable sycophants from the rabble, who show up and grab all the tasty, fried pieces and warm spots… One consolation is that all these crooks will have life expectancy of soap bubbles.
The bureaucratic, autocratic rabble of the previous regime has given way to autocratic, crap-gauche-o-cratic rabble of the new regime.
My God! How wonderful it would have been now to move to a neutral place on Earth, away from all the revolutions and this human hell! I think only the Sandwich islands have remained neutral at this point. You can't find peace anywhere else.
The height of “Bolshevism’s” insolence! Plunder and violence committed by the “comrades” have reached the apex of prehistoric savagery—soon, it seems, they will start eating each other. Cossacks and the cavalry are our only protectors from mass manifestations of revolutionary and plundering impulses of “free” Russian citizens! See more
Humanely, it is possible to love savages out of pity, but I cannot not feel an intense disgust towards them so that I can be their “comrade!!” They have begun shooting and beating up the “comrades,” to which they are reacting quite well. Never—not during the Japanese war, nor during the current campaign—have I carried a revolver with me, and am now taking it out form the bottom of the suitcase!
A number of officers, after having reminded a herd of our deserting “free citizens” of the value of proper military order, have observed that the use of lashes and fists can produce the most wondrous results in curing our “people” of the bestialising pyschosis which drives them towards ever more acts of theft and violence. See more
These, dare I say it, people, are suffering from a longing for strong and powerful authority!
Near Kalush, which was taken by the 8th Army, our soldiers got drunk as pigs on spirits stored in warehouses. It seems likely that there, too, the troops will end up retreating back to their “initial position”! How is it that the Germans have never thought of rolling out barrels of vodka instead of firing missiles? See more
To use drunkenness would be a reliable method of bloodless destruction. There have also been two cases of Asiatic cholera among our corps. Our savages have been eating their fill of still unripe apples and pears, ruthlessly breaking the fruit trees.
So, our campaign has failed! Even though our artillery was stronger than ever!
We are expecting possible gas attacks from the Germans; and we have a great lack of gas masks, subject partly to insufficient supply, and partly to negligence of “free citizens” in their safekeeping. Germans retracted inward, abandoning some of their trench lines; they must be preparing a devil’s trap for us!
With a sense of great relief I read about the Cossack Congress that happened in Petrograd; the Cossacks made an oath to strengthen republican Russia and to save it from anarchy and Leninists. Thank you, dear ones, great sons of the Danube. A soothing impression was also created by the Peasants’ Congress that has decided against embarking on an unauthorised, plundering distribution of land before the convocation of the Constituent Assembly.
An officer who came from Kiev reports that there is a real civil war there, the Ukrainians are self-reliant and fierce, or rather, “self-determined”; they manifest together and they shoot… Kerensky is coming here in a few days. We’re readying ourselves for the onslaught of noise, the shouting, the announcements, and as usual, this onslaught will not be unexpected for the Germans! See more
They will treat us with an antidote, from which we will not recover.
Stifling and dusty hell.
We, Russians, pretend to be equal with cultured nations, but we do not want to leave our barbarian skills and habits. How difficult it is for them to stop putting excrements on walls or latrines and keep self-cleanliness, respect the environment and all objects of everyday life!
Kerensky strikes me as a man not with a governmentally oriented mind, but only as a pompous juggler, an excellent speaker at demonstrations. In his meeting with the journalists, after his tour of the South-Western front, he told them, very naively, of a victorious rise in spirits among the soldiers, that everything in the army was going well, and that he found in it "healthy growth"... It is nothing like it in reality!
Life has turned into some kind of a crooked mirror, reflecting everything in a distorted way. They are now drawing up “children congresses.” In the press articles have appeared that second grade gymnasium students (and among them all, without exception, are maximalist anarchists) are issuing resolutions on the change of the regime: See more
so that “every day, the first course was cranberry jelly, and the third—ice cream,” “to remove chronology from the history textbook, and in geography to abolish longitude, latitude, meridians, and in arithmetic—fractions!”