I order all regiments that are currently in Finland, to depart by rail for Petrograd. Where continued movement along the railway may be impossible, soldiers are to continue by echelon on foot.
The government has been deprived of the spoils of power, and an attempted seizure of the government itself is becoming possible.
The situation continues to be very difficult. The Provisional Government is in the Winter Palace. The latter is free. The square in front of the Winter Palace is occupied by troops loyal to the government, and encircled by sentries from the division of the garrison under the control of the Petrograd Soviet. Order in town is being maintained- the bicycle regiment is not here yet. Rumour has it that it has been stopped seventy versts outside Petrograd.
The Petrograd Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies has declared the government deposed and demanded the transfer of power under the threat of bombardment of the Winter Palace by the canons of the Peter and Paul Fortress and battleship “Aurora.” The government can only hand over the power to the Constituent Assembly and has decided not to surrender and to give itself up for protection to the army and the people. Speed up the troop dispatch.
The dispatch of troops to Petrograd is pointless and even detrimental, because it is obvious that the army will not side with Kishkin.
To make sure we were out of danger’s reach, we took up lodgings in a private apartment belonging to my brother-in-law, Quartermaster General Baranovsky. General Cheremisov, the commander-in-chief, came to the apartment at my behest; as it turned out, however, he was already “flirting” with the Bolsheviks. The troops I’d asked to be dispatched to Petrograd had been halted on his orders. Following a rather brusque discussion, General Cheremisov left.