Our son Misha came for a visit. He told me a lot of interesting news. The lack of discipline among the troops is bad. All in all, everything is bad.
The membership of the Provisional Government is still a conundrum. Born of a popular revolution, it is now made up of people who are as far away from the spirit of revolution and as close to the spirit of a coup d’etat as it as it is possible to imagine. The Minister of War in the Provisional Government, Guchkov, is the former alter ago of Stolypin the “hangman”. The Foreign Minister, Milyukov, is an imperialist who supports continuing the war “to a victorious end”. It is impossible to place one’s trust in any of the generals. See more
There is no support for the revolutionaries either among the regular officers or among the tradesmen. The peasants do not share the idea of internationalism, as the workers do, and are susceptible to the influence of nationalism under the pretext of a defensive war. The internationalists in the army are the worst soldiers. And finally, the Russian internationalist cause has neither a single outstanding leader, nor a single representative in government. Lenin is not sufficiently even-tempered.
The commandant came. He understands all my reasons for wanting to leave and approves the letter to Kerensky but he is very anxious for me not to take this step. He thinks that Kerensky will refuse. At such a critical and dangerous moment, the fact of my leaving will be exploited, misinterpreted, and will result in more unrest. See more
If this is really the case, I would reproach myself for the rest of my life for adding another drop to that cup of hatred which might cause it to overflow. I have decided to stay and await further instructions.
At war, one can have wonderful dreams which, on awakening, make one feel sorry that they cannot continue.
I was suddenly awoken at 5:30 in the morning by a knock at the door. In the terror of the twilight, I made out a man who loudly declared that he had been sent on behalf of the government to search the house. Despite my firm protestations, they pulled back the canopy, and the lieutenant said that I had to get out of bed. See more
I sharply expressed my displeasure to them. Though I don’t quite remember what I was saying, I was so beside myself. I only remember how the officer, in a rather offended tone, said: "You offend me," to which I sharply replied: "I don’t insult you, but you insult me."
They opened all my dressers, even those where the jewels were kept. He rummaged through everything. He sat down at my desk, and emptied the drawers, in which I kept a bunch of letters from my beloved Sasha and my sweet angel Georgie as well as the Danish New Testament my dear mom gave me!
I watched what he was doing in the mirror and said that these were letters from 1894 and my New Testament, and I asked them to take them out of the bag in which he threw everything. But he told me that he didn’t throw anything anywhere, but put them in a bag and that was where they’d remain. Thus, my most precious, most holy relics disappeared. It was something truly unimaginable!
Everyone in the Ai-Todor was taken into custody, security was posted everywhere and searches were conducted.
The Government took a step in the right direction by announcing that the right to dispose of the troops was vested exclusively in the military governor of the town. On the same day the Foreign Office handed the Russian charge d'affaires in London our reply to Miliukoff's famous note that had been the cause of the recent crisis. We welcomed that note as showing that Russia would not relax her glorious efforts to defend, with her alhes, the cause of justice and humanity. See more
We further noted with satisfaction that the Provisional Government, while safeguarding Russia's rights, would strictly respect their engagements towards their allies.
To the Editor of The New York Times:
Recent editorial utterances of The New York Times and other usually well-informed newspapers indicate that the American public has formed an utterly false opinion about the attitude of Socialists in Russia and the United Stated towards the revolutionary Government of Russia and on the question of a separate peace between Russia and the Central Powers. See more
The bulk of the Russian Socialists support the provisional Government of Russia and oppose a separate peace. With the exception of a small group of extremists, of the type of Nicholas Lenine, the Socialists are free from the illusion that the present political upheaval in Russia offers an opportunity for the establishment of a Socialists regime.
American Delegate to the International Socialist Conference