In appeals, in orders and in the daily columns of the press, we often come across this short phrase: “The Homeland is in danger”. We are too used to this phrase. We read it as though it were an old chronicle about days gone by and we do not reflect upon the menacing meaning of this short phrase. But unfortunately, gentlemen, this is the hard truth. Russia is dying. See more
She stands on the brink of the abyss, and with a few more steps forward and she will tumble with all her weight into this abyss. The enemy has occupied an eighth of her territory. It cannot be bribed with the utopian phrase “a world without annexation or indemnity”. It openly declares that it will not abandon our land. It stretches its greedy paw to where the enemy soldiers have never been before – to the rich Volyn, Podolia, Kiev; in other words, to the entire right bank of our Dnieper.
Your majesty should consider himself as if he were arrested.
The ever-growing danger of anarchy spreading throughout the whole country, the continued disintegration of the army, and the impossibility to continue the war under the present conditions, forcefully demand the passing of an Imperial Edict that can still appease the minds, which can only be done by calling on the respective ministry and instructing the chairman of the Duma with drafting it.