Nowadays, as is obvious, we have already seen the emigration of the propertied classes abroad, specifically to Sweden. With the end of the war this emigration can only increase.
We can criticise our Provisional Government from different points of view, but there is no doubt that it has a highly developed sense of responsibility. It assumed responsibility for the great whole, called Russia, at the most difficult moment of Russian history and is ready to bear this responsibility to the end. It has no self-sufficient love of power, no self-assertion, no dictatorship.
All Governments are concerned with creating a menu, under what freedom sauce to fry in front of the people a different tribe, so that it was both, eaten and free. A menu of an arrested messiah has been revised. Unanimously, it was decided to leave in the menu regions that looked like Siberian prisons (and arrests for those who did not want to eat according to the drawn up menu); to the menu were added words, “freedom of conscience, speech and press.”
Yes, we are living in a disturbing, dangerous time—to this, with gloomy certainty, testify the pogroms in Samara, Minsk, Yuriev, the savage escapades of soldiers at railroad stations and a whole myriad of other instances of debauchery, stupefaction, and impudence. See more
Went to a Central Committee hearing. Got to know the crowd a bit better from up close, observed the Petersburg Committee at work. I also found myself very interested in the adolescents, the working youth. Those kids are all caught up in the movement. Among them were supporters of a range of different parties—Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, SRs and anarchists. See more
Bernard Shaw was right when he remarked 'how popular socialism would be, if there were no socialists!'
Not only the boys, but my wife and I as well felt startled in the streets of Petrograd at the sounds of the Russian language and the Russian signs on the walls. We fled the capital ten years ago. Back then, our oldest was just over a year old, and our youngest was born in Vienna. See more
It was a very nice sunny day. I took a walk for almost an hour with Alexis. During the day we again worked on the vegetable garden; to dig up the beds was difficult because of the dampness of the soil after the snow. I read Kuropatkinsky book with interest until dinner and during the evening a French book aloud to the girls.