I’m starting to understand the addiction that young children have to mindless tasks: opening and closing doors, spending hours playing with a ball. I have a bell that hangs over my bed and I enjoy ringing it. In those moments, I’m not really there.
The Russian man doesn’t feel the inseparable connection between rights and obligations; he has a clouded consciousness when it comes to rights and duties - he is buried in irresponsible collectivism, trying to claim for everyone. The most difficult thing for the Russian man to feel is that he is the master of his own destiny.
Can we escape this horror? I’m scared of the war that will follow this war. The wars of the classes, nations, and religion, escape from taxes, restrictions, and forced measures. I see only one way: withdrawal into oneself, into nature, away from the big city. This is the first thing I must do after the war.
We can count ourselves as the luckiest people, because our generation was born into the happiest period of Russian history.
At the end of April, a parliamentarian appeared on the Dvinsk front – a German officer, who was not accepted. He did however succeed in contributing a phrase to the crowd of soldiers: “I came to you with peaceful proposals, and I even have the authority to influence the Provisional Government, but your bosses do not want peace”. This phrase quickly spread and caused unrest amongst the soldiers, and even the threat of deserting the front.
In the first days of the revolution, some shameless people threw heaps of dirty pamphlets onto the street, which told heinous stories on the theme of “court life”. The pamphlets talked about “Autocratic Alice”, “Sleazy Grishka”, Vyrubova and other figures from the murky past. We have to fight this poison - I don’t know how exactly – but we have to do it, especially seeing as there are too few publications on the book market (which we really need at the moment) next to these sadistic, afflictive fabrications of filthy so-called “literature”.
Zinaida Yusupova came for tea, full of concern and deeply shocked by all that had happened. Her hands trembled more than usual. Then we went for a stroll on foot with Zenia, Zina and Orbeliani; we can’t go by transport anymore because those scoundrels have taken all the petrol. I was fatally tired and I felt so horrific that I barely moved my legs; probably the body’s “contre coup” to all the anxiety and so on.
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Russia is overrun by German agents
While decent Russians are striving honorably to achieve political liberty by civil methods of argument and persuasion, which, if sure, are necessarily slow, the extreme parties - anarchists and social revolutionaries on one hand, and upholders of the old regime and agent provocateurs on the other, and above all the cast organized body of Germans - are using deadly weapons in the streets and lavishly expending money. See more
These Germans are largely real reichsdeutscher, who have lain concealed here or got across the frontier during the revolution or through the Russian lines at the front during the orgy of “brotherhood of the nations,” which lasted for weeks and has not yet been entirely checked. To these must be added hundreds of German spies who were incarcerated in prisons and liberated with ordinary criminals during the first hours of the revolution, and unknown numbers of German prisoners of war who have taken advantage of the newly declared liberty in Russia and of the moujiks’ apathy or misunderstanding of the situation to escape from Siberia and elsewhere.
All these classes of open foes of Russia find assistance, refuge and effective support in secret friends of the old regime and in such of the Baltic Provinces Germans as favour ties of blood more than bonds of fellowship.
Altogether these categories make a very formidable force in Petrograd, and are in nowise susceptible to methods of argument and persuasion. The time has come for some united effort to be made to deal drastically with attempts to create dissensions which, of not checked, will lead inevitably to a crisis.