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Project 1917 is a series of events that took place a hundred years ago as described by those involved. It is composed only of diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers and other documents

Rodzianko, the chairman of the Duma, has become a frequent visitor to our house. Once, catching sight of me, Rodzianko came straight out with a question: “Moscow wants to declare you Emperor, What do you say?” This wasn’t the first time I had heard this. Soon, Admiral Kolchak and Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich came to me and repeated: “The Russian throne has not, in the past, been achieved through inheritance or election. It has been seized.


Take advantage of the opportunity. You know best. Russia cannot exist without a Tsar. But confidence in the Romanov dynasty has been shattered. The people no longer want the Romanovs.” And to think, this proposal springs from a murder. The man who, by killing Rasputin, hoped to save the monarch, is now being encouraged to seize the throne himself!

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I went to a concert of works by Scriabin on the second anniversary of his death. And it was a strange thing, I arrived after seeing the second act of “Kitezh” and, after the horrors of the Tatar invasion, Scriabin’s preludes seemed so expressionless to me, so unnecessary and insipid, that I found it unbearably dull and only felt some interest at the end of the concert in the 7th and 9th sonatas.

For me, a rush season of campaigning for peace has begun. I was agitating for Soviet power, for fraternization at the war front, for emancipation and acknowledging women's rights.

I don’t have a clear-eyed view of what is going on, while I have, by the will of fate, been made witness to a great epoch. By the will of fate (and not my own feeble will) I am an artist, that is to say, a witness. Do artists need democracy?

Soldiers in Riga seized the beerhouse. Many got drunk, some even drawned in beer barrels. Two members of the 12-th army were sent to deal with violators but, unfotrunarely, got drunk themselves. 

Give the land to the peasants!

The politics of waiting, of deferring adecisions until the Constituent Assembly, the politics of a “temporary” abandonment of expropriation recommended by the Populists, Trudoviks and Mensheviks, the politics of manoeuvring between classes (so as not to offend anybody!) and of shameful inaction See more

Albert Thomas, in his anxiety to define his standpoint, has sent Ribot a long telegram:

I have raised no objection to M. Paléologue's sending the telegram of yesterday in which he reiterates his belief that Russia will desert us in the near future, and recommends the adoption of a firm attitude. That telegram will be his last. Henceforth I have decided, on my own responsibility, to be the Government's sole source of information and to determine with it the course to be followed. See more

Temperature of the air was wintery, together with rain and wet snow, I took a walk for 3/4 of an hour. During the day on my walk none of the children were with me, for fear of catching a cold. After tea, I examined all my boots and threw away the old land useless ones. In the evening I began to read aloud the book by A. C. Doyle, The Valley of Fear, to the children.  

What is regarded by officials of the Washington Government as a most important promise of support to the new Russian Government is contained in a telegram that has been sent to M. Milukoff, the Russian Foreign Minister, by Louis Marshall, Henry Morgenthau, Jacob H. Schiff, Oscar S. Straus, and Julius Rosenwald, representing the American Jewish Committee. See more

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