In all likelihood, some of our good friends, touched by our situation, managed to influence the Provisional Government and as a result we were visited by a commissioner, who gave us the order to immediately go to Crimea. The local council fully approved this plan, because it believed that the “presence of enemies of the people so close to the front is a great danger for revolutionary Russia.”
We almost had to carry the Empress to the station. She fought until the last minute, wanting to stay and stating that she would rather be arrested and thrown into prison.
It was very cold, the weather was gray. Walked at the same time as Alexei. I don't undeerstand why 6 riflemen and an officer accompanied us everywhere during the day Alexei chopped ice in the airlock under the bridge and then at the stream!
Soldiers, officers, generals and officials of the Southern-Western Army during a meeting decided to bring to the attention of the Provisional Government their deep conviction that the first capital of the Russian land should be the place of convocation of the Constituent Assembly. Moscow is consecrated in the people’s consciousness through the most important acts of our national history; Moscow is originally Russian and infinitely dear to the Russian heart. See more
To convene the Constituent Assembly in Petrograd, in this city, which in its official and international character was always alien to Russian life, would be an illogical and unnatural gesture, contrary to all the aspirations of the Russian people. I wholeheartedly join this resolution and declare, as a Russian citizen, that I consider the Petersburg period of Russian history at an end.
In spite of the coup, we preserved the main objective and purpose of this war. The Government will combat German militarism with redoubled force, for our ideal is to destroy the possibility of all war in the future.
I read speeches from the zionist congress. “We (the jews) have undertaken the revolution not only to achieve equal rights (this is not enough); - we must achieve the ownership of the holy land, Palestine, and form an independent nation there”. Isn’t it astounding that the ancient prophecy is realised; See more
this seemed so improbable that the commentators did not ascribe it any significance, except for a purely symbolic one! The ways of God are truly mysterious!
The intimate side of our relationship was still taking place perfectly happily. Sometimes I was struck by a strange feeling, probably the same feeling experienced by women in Greek mythology when the Gods descended in order to love them. There existed in me an inexpressibly happy awareness that my husband was more than an earthly being. The ecstasy that he would create in love, as well as in art, had a cleansing effect. See more
And yet there was something inscrutable hidden in his soul, concealed from everyone. Now Vatslav began to say that sex was only justified when it resulted in the conception of new life.
He has no patriotism or any possible motive force for enthusiasm. General Abram Dragomirov, though more pessimistic than General Radko Dimitriev, seemed to look for a psychological miracle. He said that he, no more than I, could divine what was in the soul of the Russian peasant. An intelligent soldier deputy argued that the Russian peasant was swayed by the heart rather than by the head, and that the man who could seize his imagination at the exact moment could do what he liked with him. There was a good deal of truth in this, but it seemed risky to gamble on the possibility of the peasant proving a demigod. He was, through no fault of his own, without education and without lofty instincts.
Capitalist newspapers like Rech and Novoye Vremya have published articles attacking our passage through Germany and insinuating that the new arrivals were aiding the German imperialists.
Izvestia of the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies reprints in full the report published in yesterday’s Pravda which was presented to the Executive Committee of the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies on the very first day after our arrival. See more
In addition to the report, Izvestia publishes the resolution of the Executive Committee, which it gives in the following words: "Having heard the report of Comrades Zurabov and Zinoviev, the Executive Committee decided to take the matter up immediately with the Provisional Government and to take steps towards securing the immediate return to Russia of all emigrants, irrespective of their political views and their attitude towards the war. The results of the negotiations with the government will be published in the near future.—Editors.”
Here you have a small—a very small, but very characteristic—picture of two worlds. One, the world of the capitalists, Rech, Russkaya Volya, Novoye Vremya, dark hints, vile insinuations against the socialists; the other, the world of the revolutionary democrats, of the workers’ and soldiers’ deputies, who in a calm, consistent, and dignified manner have decided to “take steps”. Steps leading to what? Steps leading to what was not done by the Provisional Government!
Is this not tantamount to a censure of the Provisional Government?
And is not this censure warranted?
Mind you, the Executive Committee, in passing this resolution, was fully aware of the political dissensions that existed between it and the Bolsheviks. For capitalists this would be a pretext for insinuations. Human dignity is something one need not look for in the world of capitalists.