Boris Savinkov has visited us. He was sober and healthy. Our situation as he sketched out for us is dire. Here it is in brief: we are to expect territorial losses. In the north, Riga and further, up to Narva; in the south, Moldova and Bessarabia.
Complete internal economic and political collapse. Every minute is crucial, as each minute is closer to the last. A state of military emergency must be declared throughout Russia.
Kornilov is expected to arrive the day after tomorrow from Central Headquarters. He and Savinkov will present Kerensky with a proposal to introduce serious measures. Crisis talks are expected to take place in Moscow in a few days, and members of the government cannot arrive empty-handed. They must come with a detailed plan of steps to be taken and real authority. The matter in hand is, of course, clear and unavoidable, but what is going on? Where is Kerensky? What has happened? Has Kerensky been replaced, did we not see him earlier? Has the understanding in him grown that he can no longer balk from the necessity of “taking power”? I cannot see. I must find out more. That Kerensky is afraid of something is a fact, but of what? Of whom?
Dearest Lev, allow me to add a few more lines to yesterday’s telegram. Please come and see me in Morges, and together we will work something out. I am convinced that the remaining questions hanging over the production can be solved only if we work together. See more