On Wednesday, on my way to and from the Ministry of Ways, where I went to collect information about the state of the railways, I passed through a seething crowd of 2,000 to 3,000 soldiers busily engaged in selling boots and clothing to civilians.
This is called the “ Equipment Market ”! What is the good of sending stuff to such people? In the course of the year 1917 Great Britain despatched to Russia from the United Kingdom nearly fifty million pounds’ worth of material, including 1,804,650 pairs of ankle boots and 1,259,600 pairs of long boots !I drove to see the Minister of War, to piotest, and to ask why our sailors should risk their lives to carry these things to Russia. Verkhovski said he thought that steps might be taken to prevent such sales. He had prevented them when commander of the Moscow District, etc., etc.
I went to the white-marble and crimson hall of the Marinsky palace, where the Council of the Republic sat, to hear Terestchenko’s declaration of the Government’s foreign policy, awaited with such terrible anxiety by all the peace-thirsty and exhausted land. See more
A tall, impeccably-dressed young man with a smooth face and high cheek-bones, suavely reading his careful, non-committal speech. Nothing. . . Only the same platitudes about crushing German militarism with the help of the Allies—about the “state interests” of Russia, about the “embarrassment” caused by Skobeliev’s nakaz. He ended with the key-note:
“Russia is a great power. Russia will remain a great power, whatever happens. We must all defend her, we must show that we are defenders of a great ideal, and children of a great power.”
Nobody was satisfied. The reactionaries wanted a “strong” imperialist policy; the democratic parties wanted an assurance that the Government would press for peace.
There you have the election to the Constituent Assembly. Not a single soul is interested in this. There’s great mountain of Russian people crying out to God. Now I’m happy, where’s this religiousness?! See more
Our sorry clergy are in such a miserable position. Does anyone hear them in such awful times as ours? Take the church council – who is interested in them, and what do they tell the people?
Power to the Soviets means a thorough cleansing of any and all governmental agencies, from back to front and top to bottom.
Power to the Soviets means the appointment and replacability of any and all “superiors” from back to front. See more
Power to the Soviets means the appointment and replacability of “government authorities” in the city and in the village, in the army and the navy, in “departments” and “establishments”, on the railways and in the post offices.
Power to the Soviets means the dictatorship of the proletariat and revolutionary peasantry.
The big victory at Isonzo, 30,000 prisoners, 300 under cover.
It has already been two months that we have lived in this house. It was a wonderful sunny day and it passed as usual.