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.
Old Bennet visited before breakfast: soon he's leaving for England. We picked some flowers for a small bouquet during our walk.
At 3 o'clock Natasha and I went to Remiz, where we found three mushrooms, then went to the Tea house and returned home.
At 3 o’clock Natasha and I went to Birch Gates, from where we walked to the island of Love, where we found a broken, toppled statue. Then we walked along the shore, past the old orangeries and into the zoo, passed by the bird enclosure. I forgot to say that all birds were sold off in the summer.
After every meal I would lie down for an hour, the rest of the time I would be up on my feet.
Westfallen visited me today. He allowed me to go for a walk and to drive but strictly told me to lie down for an hour after lunch. Everyone went mushroom-picking to the Black Lake. I took a 45-minute walk in the garden, it was very nice to finally be outside.
I've been reading the whole day - currently, I'm reading about the history of the French revolution (written by F. Mignet). I spent the afternoon writing in my diary - I've completely abandoned it during my illness.