No shipments of supplies will be permitted to go from the United States to Russia until the situation in that country clears. The American Government, before allowing the export of goods already on the docks, wants to know into whose hands they will fall on their arrival.
The cessation of shipments is temporary only if a stable Government is formed which the United States can recognize. If the Bolsheviki gain control and pursue their program calling for a peace with Germany, the embargo will be permanent. A protracted civil war also would keep the embargo tight, as the United States then would fear that supplies might go to the Bolsheviki faction. Credits given to the Provisional Russian Government amounted all to $325,000,000 of which $191,000,000 already has been advanced. Much of this money has been spent for supplies now awaiting shipment, and vessels have been furnished for its transport. Shipments will be held up by denial of bunker coal to the ships.
It's my birthday. Deep snow has fallen. We went sleighing. There's nothing new.
Thoughts about complete and temporary emigration are now firm among some people. It always used to be like this – but rarely in Russia.
What desolate and ghastly days these are. Neither side is in the right, and both sides are to blame for the bloodshed. So much deceit, so many tears, so much grief. What has become of decent, peaceable people? Whence this inhuman malice? – But no, not even malice: perversion. Ignorance? But when educated, cultured city-dwellers dehumanise themselves as well... Terrifying times indeed.
King George V and Queen Mary visit Lancashire.
Arrived in Novocherkassk, with intentions not only to find temporary shelter but also to start working, if it’s possible, that is. See more
The South-eastern corner of Russia is an area of relative peace and comparative governmental order and stability; here there isn’t anarchy, there isn’t even harshly declaimed class struggle, apart – to a certain extent – from coal and ore regions.