The agents of the notorious Okhrana still functioned, for and against the Tsar, for and against Kerensky–whoever would pay–. In the darkness, underground organizations of all sorts, such as the Black Hundreds, were busy attempting to restore reaction in some form or other.
The resolution of the Central Committee has chosen the course of “A.I.”: “armed insurrection is unavoidable. The time is ripe”. The Central Committee has ordered all organizations to prepare. See more
The decision was taken during a closed session. Only the dawn finally dispelled the tension in the air. We realized we were hungry. The samovar was brought in, cheese, sausage… The debate continued, but already with jokes and in a friendly atmosphere.
In connection with the report from the delegation for the 33rd Corps that German soldiers had approached Russian lines to inquire about the situation in Russia, as German newspapers publish very little material about the Russian Revolution, and, in trying to follow the course of revolutionary events, German soldiers know nothing about the true situation. See more
The Executive Committee of the Petrograd Soviet orders that the request of the delegation to provide the 33rd Corps with newspapers and leaflets for distribution in German trenches which, if possible, will be written in German and Polish, be communicated to the Literary-Publishing Collegium.
Reading 88 modern poems, selected by Z.N Gippus, I wrote a critical note, I think it is very successful and I really want it to be published somewhere. Although I am very doubtful of the success of this desire: there’s no malice in this desire, of course, but there is an irony in relation to the “authoritative collector”.
We stayed home and saw few people. I went to the Marble Palace to visit mama. Our friends and acquaintances came to visit us as if nothing had changed. Money was tight, and we were forced to sell some of our things. See more
A Muscovite merchant bought one particularly fine album of Alexander II’s coronation for 50,000 rubles. In the evening on the feast day of our regiment, I put on my uniform. I very much desired to celebrate the important day by being in uniform. I dared not, however, go outside, as those in epaulets were much harassed.
Mr. Creel informs me that you are leaving for Russia at once. In our conversation of yesterday I tried to make clear my views as to the nature and extent of any manifestation of our interest in the Russian struggle, and I know that you will be guided by them in everything that you say or do. See more
We want nothing for ourselves and this very unselfishness carries with it an obligation of open dealing. Wherever the fundamental principles of Russian freedom are at stake, we stand ready to render such aid as lies in our power, but I want his helpfulness based upon request and not upon offer. Guard particularly against any effect of officious intrusion or meddling, and try to express the disinterested friendship that is our sole impulse.
It is a distinct service that you are privileged to render your country and the whole democratic movement, and I know that this will serve at once as reward and inspiration.
. Filonenko said that up till last night he would have said that Kerenski was honest, but his confession yesterday that he had set a trap for KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 on September 8th by pretending that Lvov was at the telegraph apparatus made him ready to believe anything of him.
The Russians, like ourselves, during the war were inclined to attribute the result of their own shortcomings to the machinations of the enemy. There is no evidence that German intrigue had anything to do with the Kornilov affair. It seems clear from the evidence available that Kornilov was led by his conversations with Lvov, whom he imagined to be a friend of Kerenski, and with Savinkov, whom he knew to be Kerenski’s deputy in the Ministry of War, into the belief that Kerensky would support him in carrying out the plan which he and every officer of experience knew to be the only chance of restoring discipline in the army. Kerenski’s telegram ordering his resignation came as a bolt from the blue on September 9th, and he believed that in the interests of the country and the army he had no choice but to refuse.
Officer elements who surrounded Kornilov, and who naturally hated Kerenski, failed to understand that the co-operation of the Prime Minister was essential. They exaggerated to a criminal degree the strength of the forces at their disposal.
It thawed and the day became clear, almost like spring. I began to read La Reine Margot. Tatishchev is again sick and has lain down.