Also participating: Kaledin, Denikin, Milyukov, KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917, Trubetskoy, Struve, Savinkov.
With great interest Liubokonsky and I listened to the amazing news about the flight of KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 and the Bykhovo generals; together with a crowd, we read announcements printed in huge letters that have been posted at various stations. See more
Here is one of them: “To each and all: General Kornilov has fled Bykhovo. The military revolutionary committee is calling on every one of you to support it, in order to suppress any attempt at counter-revolution decisively and ruthlessly.” The crowd, incidentally, appeared rather unresponsive. They showed neither joy nor dismay.
This morning, Colonel of the General Staff Kusonsky arrived (from Headquarters) and reported to General KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917, “In four hours Krylenko will enter Mogilyov, which will be surrendered without a fight. General Dukhonin has ordered you to report that all prisoners must immediately leave Bykhov.”
The KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 business is lighting-up uncontrollably. Slowly, gradually this story is stripping off the final scraps of common sense. See more
When I was painting a realistic picture, for the first few hours – and then for the first few weeks – the picture, in general, was turning out true-to-life: only collapses, crossings-out, unknown places we involuntarily filled up, with an alleviation on the side of at least some kind of sense. But as the dark places were filled in – with surprise you may assure yourself that there, apart from lies, hypocrisy, insanity – was yet the absence of common sense to the highest level… a level which you can’t just hop onto.
. Filonenko said that up till last night he would have said that Kerenski was honest, but his confession yesterday that he had set a trap for KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 on September 8th by pretending that Lvov was at the telegraph apparatus made him ready to believe anything of him.
The Russians, like ourselves, during the war were inclined to attribute the result of their own shortcomings to the machinations of the enemy. There is no evidence that German intrigue had anything to do with the Kornilov affair. It seems clear from the evidence available that Kornilov was led by his conversations with Lvov, whom he imagined to be a friend of Kerenski, and with Savinkov, whom he knew to be Kerenski’s deputy in the Ministry of War, into the belief that Kerensky would support him in carrying out the plan which he and every officer of experience knew to be the only chance of restoring discipline in the army. Kerenski’s telegram ordering his resignation came as a bolt from the blue on September 9th, and he believed that in the interests of the country and the army he had no choice but to refuse.
Officer elements who surrounded Kornilov, and who naturally hated Kerenski, failed to understand that the co-operation of the Prime Minister was essential. They exaggerated to a criminal degree the strength of the forces at their disposal.
Now in the background of Russian politics began to form the vague outlines of a sinister power—the Cossacks. See more
In the Don, something very like a Cossack Republic had been established. The Kuban declared itself an independent Cossack State. The Soviets of Rostov-on-Don and Yekaterinburg were dispersed by armed Cossacks, and the headquarters of the Coal Miners’ Union at Kharkov raided. In all its manifestations the Cossack movement was anti-Socialist and militaristic. Its leaders were nobles and great land-owners, like Kaledin, KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917, Generals Dutov, Karaulov and Bardizhe, and it was backed by the powerful merchants and bankers of Moscow.
Savinkov suspects German work in the KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 business. His point is that there were three possible outcomes of the “ adventure ” :
The first and the second solutions would have been in Russia's interests. Only the third was in Germany’s interests, and the third was the actual outcome.
The trial of KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 was coming on. More and more openly the bourgeois press defended him, speaking of him as “the great Russian patriot.” Burtzev’s paper, Obshtchee Dielo (Common Cause), called for a dictatorship of Kornilov, Kaledin and Kerensky! See more
I had a talk with Burtzev one day in the press gallery of the Council of the Republic. A small, stooped figure with a wrinkled face, eyes near-sighted behind thick glasses, untidy hair and beard streaked with grey.
“Mark my words, young man! What Russia needs is a Strong Man. We should get our minds off the Revolution now and concentrate on the Germans. Bunglers, bunglers, to defeat Kornilov; and back of the bunglers are the German agents. Kornilov should have won.”
Ragosin, Polovtsev’s A.D.C., came to lunch. He told me that Polovtsev, having tired of idleness, went to G.H.Q. to ask for employment. KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 told him to go to Petrograd, as he would come there soon and would want him. He went to Petrograd. See more
At 1 a.m. on Sunday, September 9th, he was called for by Palchinski, Tugan-Baranovski and Tumanov and taken to Kerenski, who shook him by the hand for five minutes and then asked him to take command of the troops at Petrograd. Polovtsev declined, but they sat talking over tea till 6 a.m. Then Kerenski, said: “ I am more sorry than I can say that I cannot overpersuade you, but tell me—here is a map—where would you place your guns if you were ordered to defend Petrograd? ” Polovtsev said that he did not know the ground. He noticed, however, that the future Supreme Commander-in-Chief was placing all his guns on the tops of hills.
General KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 has rheumatism. Moreover, his battle wounds have begun to take their toll. Baths have been prescribed to him, but there are no baths where he's currently held.
I never try to write out or remember the sayings of the great generals, writers and other remarkable people, but the following words of a man who was defeated at Prenzlau and later became one of the most important figures in the effort to revive his homeland and re-establish her military power have become deeply embedded in my memory: “The harder the situation, the more boldly we must go”.
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…
I was well aware of the interrelationship between Kerensky and KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 long before their definitive falling out. A group of pro-Kornilov technicians were in full opposition to Kerensky's government, which they blamed for the rapid collapse of Russia. Kerenskii, for his part, described Kornilov and his supporters as state enemies. See more
After the July events, new forces were created for defense against Bolsheviks, but instead of uniting before a common enemy, the army of patriots split into three camps. The Bolsheviks were beside themselves with joy. What more could they ask for from fate?
Telegrams arrive here twice a day; many of them are composed so obscurely that it is difficult to understand them. Evidently, in Petrograd, there is great confusion. Again there has been a change in the staff of the government. See more
Evidently, no one escapes from the enterprises of General KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917; he himself sides part of the time with the generals and officers who are prisoners to their own army and part of the time with the army. He goes to Petrograd and then leaves again. The weather became wonderfully hot.