I was sitting in the room next to the Tsar’s study, giving last orders and waiting for the train to arrive. I heard one of the kids - Alexey, apparently - running loudly in the hall. For the first time I saw the former Empress just as a mother, anxious and crying. See more
Her son and daughters did not seem to take their departure quite as hard, but they were also upset and very anxious in the last minutes.
The whole family was lodged in a good sleeping car, with guards on both sides. I went to bed at 7:45 [a.m.] and slept lightly until 9:15 [a.m.]. It was very windy and dusty in the car. See more
It was 26 degrees. We took a walk during the day with our guards and gathered flowers and berries. We ate in a restaurant, with food cooked by an excellent East Chinese cook.
I cried all morning. They were taken away! And how difficult it was! They had to wait until six in the morning, packed and ready to go! See more
Kerensky was beside himself and hastened everyone: he was embarrased that he failed to arrange something that used to be done so well before. Now we knew for sure: they were being taken to Tobolsk. The journey will take five days. A warden will accompany them, he will also look over their expenses. No one, not even the Emperor, was told for certain where they were going.
Russian affairs are still the same. As if there is less scrambling away from the Germans since the restoration of the death penalty at the front. But only “less”, for they restored it blindly, weakly, uncertainly, as if they were stealing. I think this is criminal. See more
Either do not restore it, or restore it in a way that every soldier knows with complete certainty: if you go ahead - maybe you will die, maybe not, not everyone is killed in a war; if you go back, arbitrarily, you will surely die.
It seems this will be the hardest year. Ryes are very thin, spring crops have gone very bad, and there is no sale of flour. All the goods are gone.