Maybe it's possible to forgive "Bolsheviks" for everything because of their work to achieve peace (if it happens).
And the best people say: “We are disappointed in our own nation”; the best people sneer, puff themselves up, vituperate, don’t see anything around them but rudeness and brutality (though the human is here, close by); the best people even say: “there was no revolution at all”; those who could not find their places in the world out of hate for “tsarism” are suddenly ready to launch themselves into the arms of the tsar himself if only they could forget what is happening now; yesterday’s “defeatists” wring their hands over “German domination”; yesterday’s “internationalists” weep about “Holy Rus’”; born atheists are ready to light candles and pray for the defeat of enemies external and internal.
Rumors that Petersburg has been “peacefully” seized by the Germans are more and more palpable. They say the city has already been divided into sectors (rumors, even foolish ones, are often revealing). A deep secret shrouds the negotiations between the Bolsheviks and the Germans.
I spent a week in Petrograd and in that time saw many of my old friends. It was perfectly obvious that they were all in a terribly depressed state. Fear ruled over people, and they did not display the slightest hint of struggle against the new regime.
The final armistice with Russia was signed on Saturday. Peace talks should have begun at once, and all communication - including trade - between Russia and Germany will be restored.
On Sunday I reached Gaspra. I am staying here for the entire winter.