They announced entering into a truce with Russia. Had I not been so apathetic, I'd have been very happy to witness the end of the war.
Tomorrow’s Constituent Assembly has been postponed. One issue is that the Bolsheviks still haven’t succeeded with their city council. The other is that they require a minimum of 400 people’s cash, knowing full well that the elections were slowed down because of their actions. They counted the arrivals while systematically arresting them. See more
A member of the Military Revolutionary Committee addressed the friendly Milyukov family today with a secret warning: “Let’s hope Milyukov doesn’t come…”. Naturally, he was seen as a provocateur, to which he replied, “as you wish, I simply hate the Bolsheviks, I’m with them on purpose to get revenge and to harm them, they killed my sons”… Although the Consituent Assembly has been officially postponed, the current city council has planned marches and demonstrations for tomorrow. We will see. The palace is guarded by Latvian Bolsheviks.
Дмитрий Потоцкий, бывший военный губернатор Ростова.GeneralДмитрий Потоцкий, бывший военный губернатор Ростова. Pototsky came to Novocherkassk and my wife who was in attendance told me that he’d just brought Kerensky with him, who’d gone to Kaledin. Over lunch at Kaledin’s, I personally heard the conversation between his close compatriots: Keresnky had arrived, initially dropping in on Bogaevsky, where he was not well received. See more
He then went to Kalendin, who also refused to take him in. Some detail: supposedly, Bogaevsky’s wife opened the door and looked to see whether Kerensky would return or stay with the chieftan… I was so sure this was true that I forgot to ask Kalendin himself.
Today I brought some firewood from Smolianka. The weather is calm. A three-month truce has been called, but the news isn’t good. We don’t know what’s being done there. Tomorrow the Constituent Assembly is supposed to convene, but it’s unlikely.
More than twenty-five journalists, representing papers of every shade of opinion save the Bolsheviks, attended the interview to which I had invited the Press. It was rather a trying ordeal, as after Harold Williams had read my statement in Russian and after copies had been handed round, the representatives of the bourgeois Press asked me a number of unnecessary and compromising questions which I could not answer without exposing myself to still more embarrassing questions from the Socialists. See more
Then the correspondent of the Novaya Jizn, Gorki's paper, wanted to know what was meant by a Government recognized by the people,' and whether, when such a Government had been constituted, the Allies would at once open peace negotiations. I replied that a legally constituted Government ought, strictly speaking, to derive its powers from the Constituent Assembly, but that Russia was a country of such surprises that we would not consider ourselves bound by this definition. We were prepared to discuss peace negotiations with such a Government, but before negotiations could be opened with the enemy the Allies must first come to an agreement between themselves, as till such an agreement had been reached they could not treat with Germany with any hope of success. This reply has been severely criticized by the Novaya Jizn and by some of the Bolshevik papers as showing that we will not meet the wishes of the Russian democracy. My statement, on the other hand, has met with warm approval in diplomatic circles and has evoked a cordial expression of thanks from the Russian colony in London. Trotzky alluded to it in a speech which he delivered yesterday. I had, he said, expressed my affection for Russia in five columns of the Press, and the warmth of my sentiments had gladdened him. He would, however, prefer deeds to words.
When people became reinforced in one of my thoughts, I left it.
The fighting has started. The Black sea fleet took the Bolshevik’s side. In Sevastopol they’ve been killing officers. The whole of Crimea has become a slaughterhouse. Sailors broke into houses, raping women and children in front of their families. See more
They tortured the men to death. I had to see them: pearl and diamond necklaces on hairy chests, hands covered in bracelets and rings. There were 15-year olds among them. Many of them were crudely made up in red. It’s a masquerade from hell. In Yalta, rebelling sailors tied rocks to the legs of their casualties and threw them in the sea. Whenever we go to sleep, we don’t know if we’ll wake up tomorrow.