As night fell, we arrived in Helsinki. The most frightening part of it all was walking out onto the square in front of the train station. There must have been a thousand sixteen people, and we had to get past all of them to reach the automobile.
It is awful to hear the insane cries of those who demand your blood! But, miraculously, the Lord saved me…
The “bloodletting” did not come to pass. The divisions sent by KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 and the “Petrograders” met outside Luga and in some other places. They lined up tentatively on opposite sides. See more
The “Kornilovers”, sent “to defend the Provisional Government” against an “enemy” also sent “to defend the Provisional Government”, were particularly unsure of themselves. So they stood around, thought a little; understanding nothing, they remembered only their agitprop lessons from the front: “fraternize with the enemy”. This, avidly, they did.
We may be asked: aren’t we going to fight against KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917? Of course we must! But this is not the same thing; there is a dividing Line here, which is being stepped over by some Bolsheviks who fall into compromise and allow themselves to be carried away by the course of events. See more
We shall fight, we are fighting against Kornilov, just as Kerensky's troops do, but we do not support Kerensky. On the contrary, we expose his weakness. There is the difference. It is rather a subtle difference, but it is highly essential and must not be forgotten.
I asked that a telegram should be sent to Kerenski asking him in the interests of the Alliance to come to terms with Kornilov.
I am a total stranger to nationalism, patriotism—all those deficiencies of spiritual vision. Nonetheless, I see that the Russian people are exceptionally, fantastically talented and idiosyncratic. Even fools in Russia are stupid in their own original way, and our lazy folk are positively brilliant. See more
I am certain that in terms of intricacy, in terms of unexpected twists, so to speak—in terms of the configuration of the mind and the emotions, the Russian people are the most rewarding material for an artist.