A while ago Kerensky told the Emperor that they can't stay at Tsarskoye selo any longer. They discussed potential exile destinations and agreed on Crimea. The Emperor was very happy with this choice and his family started packing their bags when suddenly a new order came in: they were expected to pack furs and warm clothes.
It meant they were being sent not to Crimea but to the North. The accompanying cook received a directive to stock food for five days, and the Emperor calculated that a five-day trip can only mean Siberia.
The weather got nice, with a deep blue sky. I read a lot until dinner time. The smell of lime trees in bloom drifted in the air. During the morning I took a good walk. During the day we worked for a while to the right of the path near yesterday's place. See more
We chopped down four dry fir trees, but we only cut two of them up into firewood because they were rather rotten. The sun felt hot and healthy. I took a bath until tea time.
I've got horrible back pain and I am afraid to make a move. Took a hot bath, a salipyrine, I hope it will help. The weather is very hot and quiet. A comission arrived to check on us and on our inspectors. Well, we'll see if it gets better or maybe even worse: lately we are facing constant problems and holdbacks every time we want to go somewhere.
On July 31st General Brusilov was removed from his position as Supreme Commander-in-Chief and was replaced by General KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917, who, however, did not assume control till August 5th. General Radko Dimitriev resigned command of the 12th Army, nominally on grounds of ill-health, but really because he had at last found that even his concessions were unable to keep pace with the growing demands of the men. He was succeeded by General Parski. See more
General Gheremisev was promoted to command the South-West Front.While the army was going to pieces in front, in rear there was an economic and food crisis. The demands of the workmen exceeded all bounds, the technical officials were expelled or murdered and the Government proved powerless to restore order. The peasants held back their grain, the paper currency having lost value and there being no manufactures which might induce them to part with their produce. The production on the great estates had diminished, as the owners had been expelled, and the peasant expropriators awaited a “legaltitle” before commencing to till. The railways were rapidly deteriorating. In August, 1917, 26 per cent, of the engines and 8 per cent, of the wagons were under repair as compared with 18 per cent, and 3 per cent, in August, 1916. The autocracy in the war had brought Russia very near to disaster, but the flabbiness of the Government which succeeded it did more harm to the country in four months than the autocracy accomplished in two and a half years.