Day of the Battle of Trafalgar.
In every regiment, the Bolsheviks have organized a Military Revolutionary Committee. This is a seed of new insurgencies. I have obtained a revolver, but will I shoot anyone? Unlikely.
A simple woman came up to an important lady in the tram and reached out to feel her veil. “So this is what they mean by freedom!” said the lady.
It is still snowing; during the day it got nicer. Toward evening it went down to nine degrees. During the day I went with the children to the wooden bridge for a Walk. We could hear the whistle of a steamship.
I am lying on the floor on a pile of pillows, my legs crossed. One rests on the floor; the other is stretched out like a stick. One arm supports the other under the elbow. In the one that is stretched out, I hold a cigarette. I feel like a one hundred-year-old woman smoking a pipe.
People at the South-Western front found out that Germans were using new weapons in artillery attacks. They smell of chloroform when they burst.
In a moment of mortal danger for the people and the revolution, the Petrograd Soviet of Workers and Soldiers’ Deputies announces: the Kerensky government is destroying this country. Having proven his total inability to conduct war, he has still not offered us peace. Along with the bourgeoisie, Kerensky is preparing to surrender Petrograd, the main fortress of the revolution, to the Germans. In the face of a government mired in Kornilovishness, in the face of general mistrust among soldiers, workers, and peasants toward the government, catastrophe is inevitable. The Petrograd Soviet of W. and S.D. cannot take upon itself any responsibility before the army for the so-called strategy of the Provisional Government and in particular for the retreat of our troops from Petrograd. See more
The salvation of Petrograd and of this country lies in the transfer of power to the hands of the Soviets. Soviet power should offer all peoples an immediate armistice and continue until peace is achieved to take it into its own hands to safeguard the combat capabilities of the army and the defense of Petrograd and of this country.
In addition, The Petrograd Soviet of W. and S.D. calls upon the Petrograd garrison to take all possible measures to develop and consolidate its combat readiness immediately.
I took Generals Danilov (Black) and Manikovsky to the Ambassador to receive their K.O.B.’s. Danilov is pessimistic. He says it is possible to restore the fighting efficiency of the army, but work must be started at once. See more
Manikovski roared out that Konavalov had told him that the Moscow party in the Government had made up its mind to force Kerenski to strong action, or, failing that, to reduce him to the portfolio of justice. He says that the Bolsheviks may try soon to arrest the Provisional Government, but that the latter should be able to “ down them.
On the pretext that Petrograd was in danger, the Provisional Government drew up plans for evacuating the capital. First the great munitions works were to go, distributed widely throughout Russia; and then the Government itself was to move to Moscow. See more
Instantly the Bolsheviki began to cry out that the Government was abandoning the Red Capital in order to weaken the Revolution. Riga had been sold to the Germans; now Petrograd was being betrayed!