Fighting has been going on all this time on the Don river between Cossacks and Bolshevik divisions. In Kiev, the Ukrainians have disarmed the Bolsheviks. The Rada is refusing to submit to the Bolshevik government. Raids on wine cellars are continuing in Petrograd. There is a great deal of shooting and a great many drunk people.
These days peace negotiations are taking place in Brest-Litovsk. Seemingly, the arrival of German officers to Petrograd will start one of these days, they say, for the demobilisation of the Russian army. That’s the level of humiliation Russia has reached!
In the morning, soldiers from the aviation school came and impressed, rather confiscated, wine, 80 bottles, and sugar. All this they’ve done according to the decree of the Soviet. Notably, they have broken some bottles right there and drank their contents.
Come back sooner, it's boring and empty here without you. I'm very lonely. The guards were dismissed yesterday, two of our people were on watch duty tonight, and tomorrow, it seems, new guards will be assigned to us.
The situation continues to stay the same—all power remains in the hands of the Bolsheviks, headed by Lenin and Trotsky; ensign Krylenko has been appointed the War Minister and the Commander-in-Chief, who, according to the newspapers, is heading to the headquarters instead of the deposed General Dukhonin. See more
All governmental organizations have refused to accept the Bolshevik government and are on strike. On all fronts—no changes, but hunger is starting. Elections to the Provisional Government started today.
We have also not received any newspapers all this time. The bourgeois press is silent. In the morning we learnt that there are troop movements in Luga, but whose troops? Some assume they are Kerensky’s. There have been skirmishes around Suida. See more
All quiet in Gatchina. There has been much looting and violence at Tsarskoye Selo. Petrograd is, comparatively, quiet. Moscow is now the site of full-scale war: Uspensky Cathedral, St Basil’s and the building of the Municipal Duma are in ruins. A huge number have suffered in fires on Tversky Boulevard, and the Nikitsky Gates and Arbat squares. Johnson’s flat was searched this morning for machine guns and grenades. The guard today is from the Military Aviation School.
We got up late. The political perspectives have not grown lighter, but neither have they grown dimmer. We continue packing. After tea, A.N and I walked around the streets for a bit and heard separate shots towards the zoo and the palace. Both sides have announced a truce in order to establish the structure of the future government by noon the next day.
Rumour has it that the Bolsheviks at Tsarskoe Selo have surrendered without much of a struggle. It appears that there was a detachment of sailors near Taaitsa planning to go to Gatchina to arrest Kerensky, who was at the palace. See more
According to rumours from Petrograd, the Bolsheviks have ransacked the Winter Palace and are looting the State bank. Moreover, they are printing banknotes at the Expedition, to the value of 35 millions every day, for their own pockets.
In the evening we found out that Gatchina has been declared in a state of siege.
Near the Admiralty Gates, we got into a car and set off across the Menagerie and past the Gatchina Palace, and saw weapons taken from units leaving Petrograd being brought in. The Cossacks had also disarmed the sailors who had been occupying the Warsaw Station, and besides rifles, they had ten machine guns. See more
All the bourgeois papers have been closed. Today Cossack units with artillery were arriving in Gatchina via the Warsaw railway. General Krasnov is in command of the troops massed outside the city. He and his staff are at the palace; Kerensky and Kozmin are there too. We found out that at 2 o’ clock at night, a detachment is leaving for Tsarskoe Selo, where fighting is expected, and later will go on to Petrograd. The Bolsheviks are starting to feel bad.
We're expecting a Bolshevik uprising any day now.
In the morning I read. In the afternoon, Natasha, Johnson and I went to Remiz, at the second gate we stepped out and walked past the Tea House to the Black Lake. By the river I shot from the Mauser, was testing it. Before reaching the lake we went back to the car and were back home by 5 o’clock.
In the morning, I read, and waked around the garden. At 3 o’clock I took a walk in the grove beyond the crossing. When I returned home, Baranov’s son was there who asked me to be the godfather to his son Andrei. Then I read and played the guitar.