There are many different rumours going round. They say that the a cruiser, the Aurora, fired a thousand shells into the Winter Palace, destroying it completely and burying its defenders, an entire battalion of women soldiers. My colleagues, oblivious to the events, continue to bury their heads in the Novgorod Registers. See more
Our study is better than it had been at university. I spent the evening reading at home. At four in the morning a loud gun battle commenced, which continued until half four. Sporadic outbursts continued throughout the night, and I could not get back to sleep. So the fighting has come to Moscow! The shots so deafeningly split the silence of the night that I could not pinpoint where they were coming from.
Suddenly it’s grown very cold. Temperature has dropped below 0°. We are losing the Baltic sea and returning to the borders the way they were during the time of Ivan the Terrible.
Newspapers are publishing a letter from an artillery brigade stationed in Moscow. The letter reports some cases of insults or even beatings of officers by soldiers; and officers declare that, in such circumstances, they believe their service to be pointless and ask the Ministry of the Military to strip them of their rank: they would be more useful that way. See more
It's a heartfelt cry of the officers who have suffered a lot recently. I get so worried reading such letters.
Saturday. An upsiring in Finland. The dissolved Seim assembled illegally and the tallyman ripped off the seals that were placed on Seim's doors by the Governor-General Nekrasov. Russian troops, stationed in Helsingfors—all Bolsheviks, not only refused to prevent the assembly of the Seim, but did not let new troops, sent from Petrograd, into Helsingfors. See more
Kerensky, at the Democratic meeting, yet again having danced his verbal dance—but this time a “dance of desperation”—announced that the German fleet, knowing about the situation in Finland, is sailing towards the Gulf of Finland. The remark is true that Russia now, like a prostitute, has gotten used to her disgrace and is no longer ashamed of it. The uprising in Finland and the behaviour of our troops there—is our new disgrace, another one in addition to the hundred of our disgraces. And at the meeting—torrents of verbiage, and torrents, it seems, would continue to flow, until the Germans plug them.
Most of the wood that we ordered has been delivered - and this is a huge event for our household. Now we can hope that we will stay warm in winter.
We've received no papers and remained calm. Despite the difficult times, we've been joking and laughing. Life takes its course. That's how grass grows through tombstones.
Ladies at the neighboring dacha become anxious at nights, they are afraid they might be robbed, and they don’t sleep well through the night. Everywhere we hear rumors about robberies. See more
Even in Moscow you can witness a robbery at a shop, cafe or a bank. It is just as dangerous. This is what anarchy is, pure anarchy under the socialist rule!