Every day new “decrees” come out, and there have been so many of them that it seems as though everything in our country has been destroyed and life has become such a confusion that no power on earth could cope with it.
I haven't written anything in a while, but what is there to write? The peace treaty is not signed yet, some secrecy surrounds peace talks, and the "inner" war continues. There's nothing positive to look forward to. The Constituent Assembly has still not begun its session. See more
There is overall hunger and unemployment. Factories are putting locks on their doors, banks have been completely closed this week. Manufacturers, bank directors are being arrested, city employees are on strike. There are thefts and robberies everywhere. If someone still hasn't been robbed, it's not because he has undertaken some preventive measures, but because his turn hadn't come yet. "Robbers can't be everywhere at once!"
It's now true winter in Moscow: 10-15 degrees below zero. It makes for a great sleigh ride.
In Omsk, a new Siberian government has formed under the leadership of Potanin that does not recognize the authority of the Russian state.
Yesterday, everyone in Petrograd and Moscow was waiting for a "Bolshevik uprising." Scared philistines imagined armed robberies hitting every apartment, carnage, unrest - in a word, something like a Massacre of St. Bartholomew.
Austro-German offensive has begun on the Italian front.
Brazil has also entered the war and declared it against Germany. My dear reader! I'll leave it to you to count how many countries are now at war. I've lost count.
There are battles for the possession of the island Ezel. So far, we have lost the destroyer Thunder. On the enemy side, two (I believe) destroyers have sunk, and two more are heavily damaged. No one writes about the human losses, but, of course, they also took place. See more
Our soldiers have managed to wreak havoc in France as well. They have independently introduced a few Russian revolutionary innovations—they announced that there is no point in fighting and began to insult their officers along with the French command. The matter turned into an armed clash with the French forces. Up to ten soldiers were killed and up to 50 wounded.
A new cabinet has finally been formed: Konovalov at Trade, Kuzma Gvozdev at Labour, Malyantovich at Justice, Neverovsky at Transport, Smirnoff as State Controler, Bernatsky at Finance, Kishkin as Social Minister, Tretyakov as Chair of the Economic Council, Salazkin at Education, Prokopovich at Supply. See more
The other ministries have remained unchanged, except for Agriculture, which remains unfilled. Sessions of the “Democratic Council” were held before the “Pre-parliament”, with much the same results as have been seen at all such gatherings: a struggle between the SRs and the Social Democrats to see who can produce the most explosive rhetoric. Tsereteli and Breshko-Breshkovskaya are constantly trying to consolidate the Bolsheviks, yet it seems nothing can come of this. The Bolsheviks have got their people in wherever you look; they are transitioning from word to action.
The government has published a new declaration. The session of the Constituent Assembly will begin right on time. Together with the allies, the government will shortly attend a conference of the allied nations, moreover, apart from the government officials there will also be a person “entrusted by democratic organizations” (Lenin, perhaps?). Kerensky has left for Command together with Ministers of the Military and the Navy.
The Presidium of the Petrograd Soviet in its entirety, that is, Chkheidze, Ansimov, Gots, Dan, Skobelev, Tsereteli, and Chernov, has resigned its duties. The cause is the adoption of regulations dictated by the Bolsheviks by a majority vote of the Soviet. Yes, the Bolsheviks are gradually becoming stronger and stronger. All of Russia will soon have to reckon with them; otherwise, they will themselves reckon with everyone else, with all the “non-Bolsheviks.”
News reach us from Berlin that the capture of Riga is celebrated there with flags, church bells and dismissal of students. Look at that: they achieve victories and learn, and here school ended on May 14th and will not start before September 30th. See more
There were finally elections to the Duma in Petrograd, based on a revolutionary method. They discovered complete apathy of 60% of the population—it did not participate in elections. The result was good for socialists, big and small—they are 140 people, and cadets and their companions—60.
All news from the front lines speaks of our continuing offensive, but at the rear, one hears only of these frenzied outbreaks among the Bolsheviks. In Petrograd, an artillery unit insisted that they would not join the active army. If, say, we are compelled to do the same under threat of repression or liquidation, then we will not back down even in the face of arrest by the Soviet of Workers and the Provisional Government.