In connection with the KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 conspiracy recently there has been a massive departure of foreigners from Russia. The mercenaries of the bourgeois press try to relate this phenomenon with the “rumours of peace” or even “the triumph of Bolshevism” in St.Petersburg and Moscow. See more
But this is a noisy and close-minded trick of the yellow press, designed to hide from the reader the real reason for this departure. The real reason is the unconditional involvement of some foreigners in Kornilov’s conspiracy, and these brave gentlemen are now wisely trying to evade responsibility.
It is know that the servants of the armoured vehicles that accompanied the “wild division” to Petersburg consisted of foreigners. It is known that some representatives of embassies in the GHQ not only knew about Kornilov’s conspiracy, but also helped Kornilov prepare it. It is known that an agent of the “Times” and the imperialist clique in London, an adventurer Aladin, who came from England directly to a Moscow meeting, and then “proceeded” to the GHQ, was the soul and instrument of the Kornilov insurrection. Picture…
Finally, we have a “new” (completely new!) government of five. Kerensky, Tereschenko, Verkhovskiy, Verderevskiy, and Nikitin, the “Directorate” of five—this is the “new” power, “elected” by Kerensky, approved by Kerensky, accountable to Kerensky and independent from workers, peasants, and soldiers.
We need to discard the outmoded perception that only Europe can show us the way. There is dogmatic Marxism and creative Marxism. I stand on the ground of the latter.
The situation has fundamentally changed. Our tactics should change accordingly. Previously we stood for a peaceful transfer of power to the Soviets. Now the resolutions of the Soviets are being ignored. Now, the existing dictatorship must be overthrown before power can be taken. The overthrow of the imperialist dictatorship of the bourgeoise - this should now be the next slogan of the party.
When Joseph Vissarionovich came in again, my mother resolutely stated:
"There are no signs of this house being watched. You can move in with us. You can rest, sleep, live a bit more normally."
So Joseph Vissarionovich stayed with us. See more
On the day he moved in, Stalin seemed to be more concerned than usual. He came late at night. After tea, he immediately went to his room, and, falling asleep, we heard him walking unhurriedly around in his room. He fell asleep probably much later - the light did not go extinguished for a long time. In the morning he came into the dining room, when we were all already sitting at breakfast. He moved a cup of tea closer to himself and smiled: “Well, I’ve slept well, which I wasn’t able to do before.”
Stalin’s move over to our apartment coincided with the opening of the Sixth Party Congress, which was taking place in semi-legal circumstances. Kerensky’s agents were on the trail of the congress participants, keeping particularly close tabs on members of the Central Committee. Stalin, who was delivering a report at the congress, had to be on his guard all the time, which is why he didn’t spend his nights at the apartment and would only pop in briefly, arriving at inopportune moments for a quick rest. See more
All his belongings were in a small wicker basket he’d brought back from exile with him. In it he kept his manuscripts, books and a few articles of clothing. He had a single suit, ancient and threadbare. Mother and Aunt Manya scoured the shops and got Joseph Vissarionovich a suit that proved a decent fit. The suit was to Stalin’s liking, though he did ask Mother to fit a chest protector into the jacket. He’d a sore throat at the time and didn’t like wearing collars and ties. A jack of all trades, Aunt Manya made him two high-necked protectors out of black velvet. He wore them.
The victory of counter-revolution is fragile and short-lived. Our future lies with a new revolution. Only the rule of the people can give peasants their land, fix the country’s economy and secure the peace that all the suffering people of Europe need so much.
It was a moment of hesitation for Ilich. He laid out the arguments for the necessity of going to court. “Grigory and I have decided to go to court. Go and let Kamenev know”, Ilich said to me. At this moment Kamenev was in a nearby flat. I was hurrying out the door when Vladimir Ilich stopped me: “Let us say our farewells; it may be that we will not see each other again”. See more
We embraced. I went to Kamenev and gave him Vladimir Ilich’s instructions. In the evening comrade Stalin and others persuaded Ilich not to go to court and by so doing saved his life. In the evening our flat we were searched, but only in our room. The search was performed by some kind of colonel and another military type in an overcoat with a white inner lining. They took a few notes from the the desk, together with some of my documents. They asked whether I knew where Ilich was, from which I concluded that he had not presented himself to the authorities.
May tomorrow, a day of peaceful demonstration, become the day of revolutionary Petrograd’s bitter protest against the resurgence of oppression and tyranny! Tomorrow, may victorious banners unfurl and strike fear into the enemies of liberty and socialism!
The politics of accommodating the bourgeoisie, the politics of maneuvering between the revolution and the counterrevolution, is clearly becoming unsustainable. The Provisional Government is decidedly turning toward the path of barefaced counterrevolution. The obligation of the revolutionaries is to band together ever more tightly and to move the revolution forward.
Our duty is to organise a demonstration. At the sight of armed soldiers, the bourgeoisie will run and hide.
The revolution is expanding in breadth and depth, capturing new spheres, invading industry, agriculture and distribution, raising the question of whether it can take complete power. The province is at the head of the movement. If Petrograd was ahead in the beginning of the revolution, now it is starting to lag behind. This creates the impression that Executive Committee of Petrograd have already reached a certain point and now they are trying to stop. See more
But in revolutionary times, you cannot stand still, you can only keep moving – forward or backward. Therefore, he who tries to stop during a time of revolution will fall behind, and he will experience no mercy. The revolution will push him into the counter-revolutionary camp.
Who should we consider our government, the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies or the Provisional Government? It is clear, that workers and soldiers should support exclusively those workers’ and soldiers’ deputies who have been elected by them to the Soviet.
Через головы хищников капитала, через головы их грабительских правительств протянем руку рабочим всех стран, провозгласив:
Да здравствует Первое мая!
Да здравствует братство народов!
Да здравствует социалистическая революция!