The Bolsheviks have clearly lost. Nevertheless, we know that they are not intending to accept this result. They used to hope for a better result, and, at that time, they opposed the Constituent Assembly. Now they will be trying to forbid it and break it up.
Preliminary results of the Constituent Assembly elections are out. The Bolsheviks lost. Along with the left-wing Socialist-Revolutionaries, they are far behind the right-wing SRs, who got considerably more seats in the Assembly. See more
I received 90% of votes in the Vologodsky district. We celebrated with an extravagant feast: we all had a piece of bread, half a sausage, tinned peaches and had tea with sugar.
I barely escaped another arrest today.
In every regiment, the Bolsheviks have organized a Military Revolutionary Committee. This is a seed of new insurgencies. I have obtained a revolver, but will I shoot anyone? Unlikely.
People flee from Petrograd in the thousands. Indeed, why would they remain in a city faced with famine and murders - the work of the Bolshevik hordes? “I advise you to leave too,” a friend told me, whom I saw off to the station. “Leave as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will be too late.”
But to leave Petrograd now? I should not, and I do not want.
This country is approaching total anarchy, and I have no certainty that we will find a fortunate outcome. We continue to revel in words, in resolutions—we have closed our eyes to everything. This country is already on the path to an anarchy that no one can restrain. Witnesses say the peasants are tired, have stopped going to the voting booths, thirst for order from any source. Monarchist and ant-Semitic propaganda is spreading through the countryside. See more
The masses are tired of words—they want bread. Our revolution has occupied itself with words instead of deeds. Just as the tsarist regime fell due to economics, so will the new order fall due to economics as well. It is impossible to do anything without money, and we have absolutely no money at all. If power falls into the hands of the Soviets, then Russia will die, the revolution will die.
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?