The Russian people are the most humane people. Their literature is the most humane in the world. Russia has always been, deep inside, a democracy. Yes, a Christian-Communist one, and it was, I believe, Dostoevsky, who said that this democratism takes the form of a patriarchal, theocratic, tsarist monarchy, rather than a social and aesthetic republic.
The systematic arrest of arriving Constitutional Democrats continues. In “Izvestia” (that single daily newspaper), a decree was issued, in which Constitutional Democrats are declared OUTLAWS all over and subject to arrest. See more
Yesterday, there was some kind of meeting in the Tauride Palace; today they were declared “criminal”, the troops and the boys in blue are rounded up. They arrested so many, that I don't know where they are being taken. The possibility to grasp impressions has been and gone, and, barring the permanent contraction of the soul, there is nothing to feel. Frost. In the streets a deafening silence, darkness, no words. The winter is black and white, it is terror.
I’m not sick as such, but I am a little out of sorts. My lungs are playing up a bit – it’s nothing, though: I’ve already been treated twice and I'm feeling better. But as for my nerves, they are utterly shot. Utterly. I’m not sleeping, and my mood is so heavy! I’m trying not to let it show to my nearest and dearest, but, really, how can you keep it hidden?
All is not well with Russia – very much not well!
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The Bolsheviks decided to suggest that the United States buy Kamchatka. Negotiations between an American agent Jameson with Trotsky are based on this fact. However, the US government categorically refused Trotsky's suggestion.
There's no other sphere than art where conservatism is quite so lamentable.
At luncheon in the New Club, which was founded by high-ranking members of the Hunting Society, I found myself sitting between two grand dukes. News filtered through that the Bolsheviks had searched the Hunting Society’s premises and arrested several of its members, among them my friend Arseniy Karageorgievich, a cavalry officer and brother of the King of Serbia. See more
This incident sparked heated debates regarding armed resistance. I argued that such resistance was necessary and that it would be constructive if the movement were headed by one of the grand dukes. Better to die with a sword in hand than to get a bullet in the back or to be executed. My table-neighbours were of a different opinion and considered the prospect of armed struggle against the Bolsheviks to be a futile one. I was profoundly disappointed by the fact that public opinion was the same both in the capital and in Odessa.
On the question of Hanecki, the narrow C.C. has passed a decision not to appoint him as representative in Stockholm. That is to say, it rescinded the previous decision of the C.C. I propose that this decision be countermanded on the following grounds. See more
What are the arguments against Hanecki? He is known since 1903; a member of the Polish C.C. who worked for many years as a C.C. member; we saw his work in Cracow, his trips to Russia, etc., we saw him at all congresses, etc., etc. The arguments are merely a campaign of bourgeois slanders, Zaslavsky’s outcries. It would be quite unworthy of a workers’ party to show such credulity to intellectualist scandal. Let someone prove anything bad about Hanecki first, before we remove him. “But Hanecki traded with Parvus,” they “all” say. Hanecki earned his living as an employee in a commercial firm of which Parvus was a shareholder.
That is what Hanecki told me. It has not been refuted. Is it forbidden to work in capitalist commercial undertakings? Where? By what decision of the Party? Are there no people among us who work in commercial firms of Russian, British and other capitalists? Or is it permissible to be a technician, a manager or an employee of Russian capitalists, but not of German, even when living in a neutral country?? And is that to be the decision of an “internationalist” party?? Let it decide frankly, let it pass a general resolution, let it give grounds for the step taken against Hanecki.
In order not to disclose my situation, an acquaintance in Petrograd volunteered to get us some railway tickets. One evening in December he brought me three sleeping-car tickets for a train departing the next day; getting his hands on them had proved enormously difficult. The tickets were all for different towns on the Trans-Siberian Railway – a ploy which, as he believed, would allay any suspicions.
The cold had decreased but today was overcast, I felt as though my head cold had completely passed.