I have been working on "The Evening Bell" (this kind of newspaper paper used to be distributed in the printing house of "Rechi" ["Pronouncements"]) and I haven't been calling in here. And well it's the same old same old. Pogroms and the Permanent's firing (yesterday night it was rattling so much that I gave a start and Dima went to the sentry). See more
But everything is already battered and drunk, which means that soon it will quiet down. Leftovers. In the South, it seems that the war is not only with Kazakhs, but also with Rada. The Bolsheviks have even managed to have an argument with Vekshel'. They have introduced censorship in Moscow. They're going too far... or maybe not? German troops are always arriving, swarming around and are not shy to do so. The German embassy is being repaired. If it were not for the tedium, perhaps waiting wouldn't be all that bad. But the tiring flash of huge unpleasantnesses brings about boredom - a yawningly repulsive one.
Comrade Antonov who is leaving for Moscow and then for the South to conduct military action against Kaledin shall provide daily reports to the Council of People's Commissars via direct line (personally or delegate it to his aide) and inform us on who he, or other military authorities, is appointing responsible for managing separate operations.
Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Can the intelligentsia work with the Bolsheviks? It can, and it must. I am not well-informed about politics and do not presume to make judgements about how the intelligentsia and the Bolsheviks may reach an agreement. But the deep impetus driving this agreement will be musical. See more
Personality aside, the same music is playing among the intelligentsia and the Bolsheviks, The intelligentsia has always been revolutionary. The decrees of the Bolsheviks are emblems of the intelligentsia. Slogans that have been thrown down, and need to be reworked. Isn’t “God’s land” an emblem of the forward-thinking intelligentsia? It’s true that the Bolsheviks do not say the word “God’s”; they are more likely to curse and take the name of the devil, but as they say, “you can’t throw words out of a song”. The intelligentsia’s bitter resentment of the Bolsheviks is superficial. It seems that it is already passing. People think differently from the way they speak. A sense of agreement begins to appear - musical agreement.
This was, however, only a local remedy. “ The freest army in the world ” turned its attention to private cellars, and for weeks there was drunken shooting every day in one district or another. The Left Press wrote that this cellar-looting was the result of bourgeois propaganda, which of course was nonsense. It was simply the natural result of removing all control from armed men, of continuing to feed them, and of giving them nothing to do.
During the morning on my walk I saw two infantrymen ofthe First Battalion coming from Tsarskoe Selo in order to verify the truth of rumors concerning us and about the detachment here. One of these infantrymen had served in our house. It was clear and 21 degrees of frost.