I declare categorically that the Provisional Government, has carried out its duty in full, drawing on all sound and democratic powers of statesmanship.
Within a short space of time, following the fall of the monarchy, the entire governmental, administrative and economic apparatus of the state has been rebuilt on the firm foundations of political and social democracy. It would have been impossible to carry democratization any further. It would have led to an absurd state of affairs and this, in turn, would have led to a dictatorship...
An astonishingly stupid and sad story happened to Shingarev. It's a tragic anecdote. A girl by the name of Kaufman, from the Constitutional Democrat Central Committee registry, managed to arrange a visit to him and decided to bring him some shortcakes. See more
She stopped by the registry to talk to other ladies. On her way out, she grabbed another parcel that she passed to Shingarev instead of her shortcakes. As it turns out, the parcel she handed over to Shingarev contained minutes of the Constitutional Democrat meetings, old and new ones! They were laid out on the table for another lady working at the registry, who was supposed to bring them to a safe house. She found shortcakes instead - and that's how it all became clear.
It was all so ridiculous that the Bolsheviks even decided it must have been some ploy, someone must have planted the papers! But when crying ladies came to them and started taking the blame upon themselves, telling "the whole truth," they realised it was just "pure luck." They will probably use it to "uncover" another "Constitutional Democrat conspiracy." What an idiotic tragedy!
Answers to Questions Put by a Workers’ Delegation of Alexandro-Grushevsky District See more
1) Re the sequestration of mines and works in the Alexandro-Grushevsky District.
Mines and works may be confiscated only after the district is liberated from Kaledin’s troops and influence.
2) Should the workers now quit the mines and go away to Central Russia?
They should not quit but go on working as long as possible. Resolution on this question by the Council of People’s Commissars: the workers of the Alexandro-Grushevsky District to be instructed to contact Kharkov for the arming of the Red Guard. The comrades to be asked to hold out to the last, as long as they can, and not throw up their work.
3) On sending guards to the mines.
Our troops are moving in the direction of Kaledin’s troops in sufficient numbers.
4) Re a subsidy of 3,000,000 rubles to carry on the work.
The question of Monotopwill be settled on the arrival of Comrade Artyom from Kharkov.
5) Are the bank-notes issued by Kaledin’s government to be considered valid?
The bank-notes are to be considered invalid.
Lyova! Tomorrow I’ll wire you money. I think that you’ll be able to come back to Moscow soon, just wait a little longer, it will be safer that way. Of course, I know how boring it is - worse, even - but I beg you to do as I say. See more
I don’t want to make light of your current state of mind. I know all about it, but I am so afraid for you, especially as a certain vile creature is living in my house and must be forced to leave beforehand. And I won’t be able to do this before Christmas.