Sinister rumours crept in, terrifying the inhabitants of Yasnaya Polyana. It was said that peasants from neighbouring villages are coming to smash up Yasnaya Polyana. The rumours turned out to be a reality. The crowds came closer, closer.
We harnessed the horses, mother, Tanya and her daughter sat on the chests, ready to flee… But suddenly the news spread - the Yasnaya Polyana peasants greeted the rioters with axes, horns, forks and drove them back. The Yasnaya Polyana manor has survived - one of the few in the district.
Listen to their loud cries that Soviet power is repudiated by the majority in Russia. You know the worth of all this clamour. There is a flood of telegrams saying that troops are moving on Petrograd, against the gains of the October Revolution. We throw them into the waste-paper basket, being fully aware that we shall not have to wait long for a refutation.
After a battle, Russian Bolshevik troops have surrendered themselves as prisoners to the Chinese. A reliable source in Harbin has confirmed that a battle took place between Chinese forces and Russian Bolshevik troops this morning, after which the Russians surrendered, were disarmed, and were taken prisoner. The garrison has been occupied by the Chinese.
I was interested to see what the authorities that had to save the Russian state could do, so having spent a week in Helsinki, I returned to Petrograd. There wasn't a hint of resistance. See more
On the other hand, I noticed that the Soviet authorities are getting ever more stronger and are becoming a threat to the young Finnish state. We need to ready our defences, though we don't have that which we need most - weapons!
In Tomsk, some "district congress" pronounced Siberia an independent republic. How many republics do we have now: Ukrainian, Finnish, Caucasian, Estonian, Siberian, Bessarabian... are there any more?
The work of every actor has a harmful affect on his body. The thing is, in order to paralyze harm as much as possible, one must limit and master those same capabilities which are most impressive and without which it is impossible to perform on stage. See more
It's a moral disease, specifically that of an actor or artist, theatrical or artistic. This disease exists in Stanislavsky, Kachalov, Moskvin, but they - knowingly and instinctively - firstly understood and fought against it, then took advantage of it. Again, those who consciously and instinctively struggle to have the right means to counter the poison of this disease and will always carry that with them. What is it?
I'll try to define it as precisely as I can, taking responsibility for my every word: overestimation of one's artistic capabilities.
It's not a hereditary disease, but rather an acquired one, but rooted in heredity. It's a very clingy disease. It's mostly a disease of artistic people. It's very easy to catch. It develops easily and it's hard to cure if you don't stop it in time. It's a disease that turns into mania, breeds false expectations, hostile feelings and, in the end, it leads to a sad loneliness.
This evening, before supper, Hoffmann informed the Russians of the German plans with regard to the outer provinces. The position is this: As long as the war in the West continues, the Germans cannot evacuate Courland and Lithuania, since, apart from the fact that they must be held as security for the general peace negotiations, these countries form part of the German munition establishment. See more
The railway material, the factories, and, most of all, the grain are indispensable as long as the war lasts. That they cannot now withdraw from there at once is clear enough.
If peace is signed, then the self-determination of the people in the occupied territory will decide. But here arises the great difficulty: how this right of self-determination is to be exercised. The Russians naturally do not want the vote to be taken while the German bayonets are still in the country, and the Germans reply that the unexampled terrorism of the Bolsheviks would falsify any election result, since the 'bourgeois,' according to Bolshevist ideas, are not human beings at all.
My idea of having the proceedings controlled by a neutral Power was not altogether acceptable to anyone. During the war, no neutral Power would undertake the task, and the German occupation could not be allowed to last until the ultimate end. In point of fact, both sides are afraid of terrorisation by the opposing party, and each wishes to apply the same itself.