Every day I impatiently read the newspapers in search of news from Petersburg. Alas, it is rather unlikely that Lenin’s people will be able to hold on to power in this horrible chaos, with complete indifference from the people in the West. But this attempt of theirs is of epochal importance.
The whole day I have not lifted a finger. I regret the wasted time, but I have no energy for any work.
Weird: everything was calm, quiet, and good, and suddenly I started thinking of suicide.
The situation continues to stay the same—all power remains in the hands of the Bolsheviks, headed by Lenin and Trotsky; ensign Krylenko has been appointed the War Minister and the Commander-in-Chief, who, according to the newspapers, is heading to the headquarters instead of the deposed General Dukhonin. See more
All governmental organizations have refused to accept the Bolshevik government and are on strike. On all fronts—no changes, but hunger is starting. Elections to the Provisional Government started today.
The Allied military representatives at headquarters have protested officially to Dukhonin against the infraction of the agreement of September 1914, and told him that it might have the most serious consequences. See more
The veiled threat contained in the last words has been interpreted to mean that we are about to call on Japan to attack Russia. It was an ill-advised step that has done us any amount of harm. Trotzky has in consequence issued a fiery appeal to the soldiers, peasants, and workmen against our interference in Russian affairs. He told them that our imperialistic Govern- ments were trying to whip them back to the trenches and to make cannon fodder of them. He urged the soldiers to elect their representatives and to open negotiations at once with the Germans.
The elections for the Constituent Assembly commenced today. At yesterday's meeting of the garrison, which was attended by representatives of all the political groups, the Bolsheviks obtained what virtually amounted to a vote of confidence.