I was awoken by the sounds of music (the window above my head being open). Outside it was minus ten degrees but bright as spring. An endless flag-bearing procession was making its way to the Tauride Palace.
Spring this wasn’t, however: armed with the slogan “All Power to the Constituent Assembly!", the crowd had a remarkably non-military character; it wasn’t so much proletarian as democratic. Labour democracy was on the march. Troops had been banned from taking part by the Bolsheviks. Hooting Red Guards, rifles at the ready, fling themselves into any and every crowd: “Disperse!” Uncertainty pervades the South, but it would appear that situation is not at all good. It’s cruel that the Europeans will never understand our tragedy – or, in other words, they won’t understand that this is a tragedy and not merely “ignominy and criminality”. But so be it. May at least the scrupulous and cultured among us cling on to the last source of pride we have: silence.
Tuesday. Everything is closed down due to the Constituent Assembly day, everything is covered in flags. Serezha went to get papers twice. He was forlorn. He suggested shooting ourselves, but I told him I believed that the strong-willed will win, we just need to be patient. Serezha calmed down a little, painted a little portrait of me in a fur coat and a turban.
While I will be working, I must finish everything and still pieces of 10 new drawings. Art is the only thing that is natural, everything remaining is demonic obsession. See more
How easily one take it upon themselves to solve the most complicated questions with violence and death. While life and personality does not make one sacred, until then real human life is unthinkable. A person must become a person. Now man has become a wild animal. I no longer believe those who gave up their conscience.
An opportunity to talk over the telephone availed itself, and I spoke to my godmother, who, naturally enough, told me more or less everything. I asked her to send a fur coat to me here in Petersburg, but I’ve still not received anything and don’t know whether or not she sent it. See more
I’m beginning to think that she did send the coat, but that someone must have taken a fancy to it and opted to keep it for himself. Such is the time we’re living in now! This is nothing out of the ordinary. In all likelihood I’ll have to carry on wearing someone else’s coat this winter (thus far I’ve been walking around in Aksarin’s).
A decree (proposed by Lenin) authorising the arrest of “the most prominent members of the Central Committee of the party of the enemies of the people” and their trial before revolutionary tribunals:
“Members of the leading bodies of the Constitutional Democrat Party, as a party of the enemies of the people, are liable to arrest and trial by revolutionary tribunal. See more
Local Soviets must exercise special surveillance over the Constitutional Democrat Party on account of its links to the Kornilov-Kaledin civil war against the revolution. The decree enters into effect from the time of signing.”
Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars
(Passed unanimously, with one vote against – that of Stalin).
To the demonstration slogans, I advise adding:
Shame to the Right S.R.s and Chernovites, who have broken away from the peasant congress! See more
Long live the Second All-Russia Congress of Peasant Deputies, which has sided with the Soviet power!
The working people demand that the Constituent Assembly recognise Soviet power and the Soviet Government!
Long live the nationalisation of the banks!
Down with the saboteurs and striking officials! Boycott them, use revolutionary terrorism against them!
The British took Jerusalem yesterday. It's more of a romantic accomplishment than a political one.
Leo! Yesterday I was at S’s. He offered to help with selling the house. To some Pole. Regarding another subject, he says I should write you down as a candidate for some economic society. See more
It’s a good income. In the meantime, he advises you to rest for a month. As for the candidature, I will research and write to you in detail. Kisses.
P.S Dodin’s uncle has a bearded servant that looks like Baba Yaga. Very sweet. Pass it on to Doda. Soon I will send food and sheets.