An English Woman

From A Russian Diary - 1917-1920 (1921)

From A Russian Diary - 1917-1920 (1921) by An English Woman

From the Foreword

WHEN the revolution broke out in Russia I was living in a provincial town, which since the war had become of considerable importance.

For some time before February 1917 the news- papers had been daily scanned with ever-increasing anxiety. Not only did it daily become more evident that there was much treachery and treason, but it seemed that the only one who could have put a stop to this state of affairs lacked either the wisdom or the courage, or both.

Each time that the name of a newly appointed minister was read out people looked at each other in amazement, and then came the never-varying exclama- tion, "What are they aiming at ? A revolution?"

Even before the date I speak of thoughtful Russians had foreseen a revolution " from below," but they hoped it would be staved off until the close of the war. The revolution which they now spoke of was one which they thought might prove merely a palace revolution.

The murder of Rasputin seemed to arouse expectancy in everyone. All thought that the monk's death meant a new chapter ; but what were the contents to be?

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