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!
Give the land to the peasants!
The politics of waiting, of deferring adecisions until the Constituent Assembly, the politics of a “temporary” abandonment of expropriation recommended by the Populists, Trudoviks and Mensheviks, the politics of manoeuvring between classes (so as not to offend anybody!) and of shameful inaction See more
- these are not the politics of the revolutionary proletariat! The triumphant march of the revolution will sweep all this away like pointless dross, expedient and profitable only for the enemies of the revolution.
This situation cannot continue indefinitely. The Revolution is deepening. From political questions they will transition into social. We, though, need to bide our time until the circumstances reveal the emptiness of the provisional government, and to be ready when events will take shape.
If Kerensky is to be believed, Miliukov has not been expressing the opinion of the Provisional Government on the crucial question of the aim of the present war. In other words, in declaring to the whole world that the war is an expansionist war, the Foreign Minister Miliukov has gone not only against the will of the Russian people, but also against the Provisional Government, of which he is a member. Under the Tsarist regime, Miliukov declared that ministers are accountable to the people. See more
We agree that they are accountable and answerable to the people. I wonder, does Miliukov still acknowledge this principle of ministerial accountability? And if he does acknowledge it, why doesn’t he resign?
Fraternal greetings. We leave for Petrograd today. Kamenev, Muranov, Stalin.