I find that more and more I am unsatisfied with what is merely personal in poetry.
Russia has disappeared in two days. In three days at most. Even the paper "Novoe vremya" couldn't be closed faster than Russia was closed. See more
It's astonishing that it fell to pieces all at once. The world has never experienced anything similar, not even at the time of The Migration Period. That was an era, two or three centuries. Here it happened in three days, seemingly even in two. There was no Tsardom left, no Church, no army, no working class. What is left, then? Almost nothing.
Socialism in the future doesn't really frighten me. Here though, in its pure form, it just doesn’t work! While socialism remains a foreign doctrine, while it remains a dream, it presents itself as something seductive, but when that dream is fully realised, by all manner of disciplinary measures (right the way up to terror), a Russian person will very quickly (or maybe not so quickly) develop an immunity that will be expressed in delinquency, lethargy and cowardice, at least in its most primitive manner.
I have received a note from Trotsky demanding the release of two Russians — Chicherin and Petroff — who have been interned in England for the anti-war propaganda which they have apparently been making among our workmen. See more
Russian democracy would not, the note went on to say, tolerate the imprisonment of two innocent fellow countrymen and allow British subjects who were carrying on an active propaganda in favor of a counter-revolution to go unpunished.
Ukraine has been pronounced a republic. There is no centralized power in Russia. The country is falling apart. Maybe the healing process will begin from the provinces? However, it's not clear if the Rada has any authority. See more
Yesterday was the last Constituent Assembly election day in Poltava. The elections are going slowly. They published preliminary results today - the Constitutional Democrats have a significant majority. But it is about to change: the soldiers are voting later, and their votes might give the Bolsheviks an upper hand.