Hello again, I'm running an RP game.
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[i]Russia, October 1917[/i]
Infrastructure: [url]http://i.imgur.com/dW19y7N.png[/url] (Darker reds indicate more infrastructure)
[quote]History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends. - Karl Marx[/quote]
Over three years of total war has brought the empires of Europe to their knees, none moreso than Russia. The tsar was overthrown in February, now in exile in the Urals. Since the collapse of the Tsarist government, a rickety coalition of socialist revolutionaries, representatives of the army, politicians, and civil servants have constituted the new government – power split between the Petrograd Soviet and the Provisional government now headed by Kerensky. Over the past few months matters have grown worse yet, for Russia is still committed to fighting the war with Germany to its bitter end.
The war isn't going well. The Russian army is finally dissolving away as the Germans march east and capture city after city. Rebellions broke out in July and were only just barely suppressed by the provisional government. Leading the opposition is the Bolshevik party led by Lenin, a shrewd and cunning man whose cries of “Land, Bread, Peace!” rouse the masses. It is now October 1917, and tensions are at breaking point. What will become of Russia?
The RP starts on November 2 (both real time and in RP), (corresponding to October 20 1917 oldstyle), at which point the RP should run in real time. Due to Russia not adopting the Gregorian calender they are a number of days behind, and traditionally in Russia dates have been in old style until the start of 1918. To try avoiding confusion I will have both dates displayed in each update.
1. Pick a character (real or fictitious) to play as. If fictitious, then make sure to give any biographical details, their location, occupation, etc and post it in the thread.
2. The RP progresses at roughly real time, with daily updates (hopefully) coming in to keep players on their toes.
3. If you wish to carry out actions you don't want others to know (such as ordering your subordinates to do something, or you yourself fleeing danger) send it to me in the form of a PM written thus:
Orders for others: (Essentially where you get people other than yourself to carry out your orders – be warned that they might not always carry them out, especially if they are players).
Personal actions: (If you want to flee danger, or wish to do something like making a speech or fighting in person on the barricades write it up here)
Copypaste: (Any flavour you want to put in here.)[/quote]
You can send in as many of these as you like, but the actions therein only count for the day you send it in. If you are going to be absent for whatever reason, you can send me a list of stuff to do if absent.
(NOTE: You are not obliged to send in one every day).
Otherwise you can RP freely in the thread (or not) with character interactions such as being present at battles, riots, giving speeches to the public, going to the pub, whatever you feel like doing. It's an exciting time and you can be anyone from Lenin to a soldier or pickpocket.
Native Hunter - Mitrofan Dovnar-Zapol'skiy
Damian0358 - Pantelej "Panta" Tkanjačević
RockmanYoshi - Grigory Semyonov
Joshuadim - Volodymyr Kyrylovych Vynnychenko
Pezgod1 - Anton Ivanovich Denikin
Amfleet - Saveliy ("Savel") Yurievich Yevstigneyev
Griffster26 - Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel
Switching again to Grigory Semyonov.
I would like to play as [del]Mykhailo Serhiyovych Hrushevsky[/del] Volodymyr Kyrylovych Vynnychenko of the Ukrainian People's Republic
Name: Pantelej "Panta" Tkanjačević (Пантелей „Панта“ Тканьачевич)
Date of Birth/Age: 9th of August (O.S. July 27th), 1888 (29)
Occupation: Small-time journalist
Current Location: Rostov-on-Don
Biography: A descendant of those Serbs that settled the short-lived political-military district of New Serbia (Нова Сербія), specifically the small village of Vilagosh (Вилагош, before and after known as Dereivka/Дери́евка), Panta was interested in journalism from an early age, it being an interest of one of his relatives living in Moscow, who would infrequently visit and deliver copies of newspapers and magazines they had no use for any more. Panta would eventually receive the opportunity to study in Moscow, living with his relative during his time there. As of earlier in 1917, he had long finished his studies and was working for a minor newspaper operating in Tsaritsyn, having been sent down to Rostov on the Don, as to be on the look out for possible stories. He keeps himself occupied on slow weeks by committing yellow journalism.
I can't wait to be a useless piece of shit all day and write fake news.
I will be playing Anton Denikin, of the White Guard.
Btw for those of you playing historical characters, make sure to educate yourselves (bigots) on where your character is and what they're up to in October 1917 so you don't end up accidentally teleporting or something
I shall be the Belorussian Ethnographer, Historian, and Diplomat [URL="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitrofan_Dovnar-Zapol%27skiy"]Mitrofan Dovnar-Zapol'skiy[/URL]
Claiming a spot for the (fictional) commander of the armored train [I]Zaamurets[/I], Saveliy (Savel) Yurievich Yevstigneyev.
[QUOTE]Seen posing at center, this is perhaps the only photo of Major Saveliy ("Savel") Yurievich Yevstigneyev (Савелий „Савел“ Ю́рьевич Евстигне́ев).[/QUOTE]
Date of Birth: 3 February 1886 (age 31)
Occupation: Major, Imperial Russian Army. Currently commander of the armored train MBV [I]Zaamurets[/I]
Current Location: Odessa Workshops of the Southwestern Railway
Biography: Though a Muscovite by birth, Savel was carried off by his parents at a young age as they labored in the wilderness to build the Trans-Siberian Railway. Though the work of his boyhood and early adult years was tiresome, the impressionable lad was fascinated by the massive, thundering machines that seemed to shatter space and time as they plied the rails across the infinite spaces of Russia at a blistering 50 kilometers per hour, unheard of in their time. By the time war broke out in 1914, he was a veteran engineer on the Southwestern Railway in Ukraine. He and the rest of the railwaymen were quickly conscripted into the Imperial Russian Army for logistical work hauling materiel from the factory to the front.
After two years of this work he caught wind of his railway's latest project, a heavily armored rail cruiser wielding two 57mm guns and eight machine guns. Hearing of its many successes and eager to use his skills at the front, he applied many times to have the beast and its crew placed under his command. With great attrition in army ranks, [I]Zaamurets[/I] was finally awarded to Savel's command in September 1917, just as it went into refitting back in Odessa. With turmoil in Petrograd, however, the work is rushed to completion and the crew faces a long and uncertain journey north.
Yo this got a slot open I want to slide on in
Effectively infinite slots, so anyone can join as pretty much anyone (historical or fictitious).
Btw, the RP begins now (so OOC rules now apply and shit). Start writing what your character is up to today (20th October O.S, 2nd November N.S), various bits of flavour writing and pictures you wanna post too (maps, charts, any old shit if you like).
If any of you have any actions you want your character to carry out without the knowledge of others, please send PMs to me now. Any actions taken will happen the day after you send them, and you might not hear about the consequences of your actions for a while (or sooner than you expect). Otherwise just write up what your character is doing today in the thread. (Btw this is nearly real time, so keep aware of that fact)
Now comrades, begin!
“Oh sick dick” Lenin said “can’t wait to rp”
(I’ll get my real stuff in later)
[B][U]Dnevnik of Panta Tkanjačević[/U][/B]
Things had gotten rather interesting in my neck of the woods! The judicial police had managed to uncover a mob that had been blowing up wealthy homes, with their headquarters on the outskirts of town! While I wasn't the one to break the story nation-wide, an honor given to the [URL="http://starosti.ru/article.php?id=55760"]Russian Word[/URL], I did still manage to send a letter to my editor about it prior to yesterday, so they managed to get it in their paper... or at least I hope they did.
My letters do seem to get occasionally lost in the post though. Anyway, another day, another search for stories! Hopefully I'll land my big scoop in the future!
[End of journal entry - Panta spends the day looking for stories.]
[quote]Viipurilehti (Viborg paper): 20/10/1917 (November 2, 1917 New Style)
Today, the Minister of War Verkhovsky made a speech to the parliament talking at length about the need for the provisional government to immediately sue for peace with Germany or “face complete catastrophe”. The Imperial German army, having occupied both Riga and western Estonia several weeks ago have heightened the crisis facing the Provisional Government. In parliament, Verkhovsky was humiliated by his peers and was told to take a leave of absence for suggesting the idea of surrender.
While the German army is positioned there, it does not pose a threat to Petrograd as has been assumed. In spite of the setbacks in the summer the Imperial Army has continued to hold itself well. Yesterday Kerensky also ordered the District Attorney to open an investigation into The Ukrainian Rada for ”criminal activities” and also demanded the General Secretary of Ukraine to return to Petrograd for unknown reasons. Trouble has also arisen lately as many generals are openly criticizing the Government for attempting to prepare a new offensive against the Germans to retake Riga, a plan which has been criticized as being ”completely insane”. Bolsheviks continue to agitate throughout the Republic and the strikes which have plagued the country for some time continue to worsen.[/quote]
[i]Movements of the Imperial German Army during Operation Albion.[/i]
Having received this message from the provisional government, Vynnychenko had no words. He only stared at the ominous letter. His presence was demanded by Kerensky...
This only meant one thing, Kerensky sought to quash the dream of an independent Ukraine. The one thing that has been sought after for so long by his people, it was so close to finally coming to fruition. It now lies in danger from the attacks of the poorly run government of Russia. He immediately sends a telegram to Pyotr Wrangel, a potential ally who is currently fending off the Autsrians.
Along with this, he summons his cabinet as well in order to discuss the future of Ukraine...
[QUOTE]From the Journal of Mitrofan Dovnar-Zapol'skiy: Translated to English[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE][B][U]October 20th, 1917[/U][/B]
We boarded the train to Minsk today, the family and I. It may have been short notice but a change of scenery I feel is necessary. I won't be suffered any longer by the delinquents in Kiev who think they know better than their professor. How outrageous an age when the youth rise against their elders in such a manner, especially in a place of higher education, truly a time to fear. Hopefully the young people of Minsk in my native Belarus are not inclined to such indignation; though I would not be surprised if such "revolutionary" tendencies such as revolting against their elders spread there as well.
However I Digress, I managed to have convinced the boys to come to Minsk with me, it seems the Bolsheviks have been catching their ear lately. Hopefully new scenery and a home will do them well until they can find wives and settle down; perhaps nearby, their mother would like that. My daughter Iryna however demanded she stay in Kyiv with her Uncle, my brother-in-law and his family, to continue her studies and maintain courtship with some young banker's son. I acquiesced. Speaking of their mother she seems indifferent to the move, it seems over the years the lack of a constant home has troubled her fiercely. Hopefully this may be a lasting abode for all of us, especially since the car and dogs are coming along with us.
But in order to do so, at least financially speaking, Ill have to work on some new works to keep a steady income. I've recently purchased the Talmud, several pieces of Rabbinical scripture, and different philosophical works from the likes of Dov Ber of Mezeritch, Maimonides, Menachem Mendel Lefin, Samuel Hirsch, and Samson Raphael Hirsch; as well as many other works by Jewish philosophers and those more recent works of Theodor Herzl. I hope to soon be able to start writing a series on the history of the Jews in Belarus and the Pale, their socioeconomic impact on the Russias. Accordingly so I've sent out telegrams to several librarians and scholars, both Jew and Christian, in Minsk hoping to inquire more information from them; and to just establish correspondence with them in general.
Speaking of Minsk I've sent ahead of me a courier to oversee the purchase of a manor house for the family, not too large, yet not too small, atleast 5 bedrooms and a good sized yard. Not to mention to find and acquire the services of two servants and a cook. I will not see my family live as peasants in our new home, we are former nobility afterall. Though I doubt that fact will matter much in the headquarters of the Republican Army. I am looking forward to seeing how things are on the front, perhaps I could even get a conversation with some of the officers there for a future work on the history of this godforsaken war. Lord knows its not done much good for the Belorussian people but brought death and misery.
But alas such is war, my only hope is that my correspondences in the Minsk Governate prove frutiful. For alongside all my works I'd very much like to see that a University is put together, with the help of a benefactor of course, a place of higher education for all the bright minds of our Belarus to come forward to and pave the way for a better future for us all. Yet as it does with all things, time will tell whether or not such optimistic aspirations may come true.
((Go to 2:46 because YouTube timestamps are broken af))
In the predawn light as smoke and steam swept through the Odessa railyard, Savel made his final checks. With the help of some of his riflemen, he had commandeered a small steam locomotive and a few wagons to trail half a kilometer behind the [I]Zaamurets[/I] and carry extra provisions for the long journey. Sixty men rode along between the two, bearing a Mosin-Nagant for every other man and a pair of Maxim guns on wheeled carriages. These would be vital, for though the firepower of the train was great it was limited to the rails, and missions could often demand they go a ways off track. Before mounting the beast, he addressed his under-strength company.
"Today we depart for Petrograd. It will be a journey of 1500 Kilometers. If all goes well, we should reach the capitol in no more than four days. Once there we will take what action is appropriate to defend the city's vital lines of transport from the Germans, or if necessary, traitors against the national order. As a matter of national security the Russian Imperial Railways have granted us right of way and instructed all controllers to let us through unimpeded. Anyone who acts to impede our passage is committing treason and should be shot with little hesitance. Now, to your positions."
As he spoke he noted the distant look in the eyes of his men. The patriotism that had filled them at the start of the war had long since vanished, but the same determination was still there. He could feel it.
The first semaphore elevated to "clear" and the petrol engines of [I]Zaamurets[/I] rumbled to life, carrying Savel and his men northward.
[i]A picture of Kerensky during the "crisis"[/i]
[quote]Київський спостерігач (Kiev Observer) 21/10/17 (November 3, 1917 New Style)
Today the Provisional Government was thrown into chaos by the actions of General Secretary Vynnychenko of The Ukraine. Yesterday he had been called to Petrograd by the Provisional government to answer for charges of separatist activity by his government. After a short meeting, the General Secretary unexpectedly declared he would refuse to come and went a step further by declaring he would consult with his peers on the matter of independence. For Russian patriots and loyalists to the Provisional Government it has been seen as a major blow and they already call for retalitation to ensure that the region remains within Russia. The socialists and Ukrainian nationalists have responded positively to the news, and some have declared solidarity with the breakaways. Others have more cynically pointed out that this news undermines the Provisional Government, which already struggles to assert its authority over the military. It remains to be seen how the tense situiation will unfold.[/quote]
Name: [URL="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Denikin"]Anton Ivanovich Denikin[/URL]
Date of Birth/Age: 16th of December (O.S. 4th of December), 1872, (44)
Occupation: Lieutenant General in Imperial Russian Army (Prisoner)
Current Location: Bykhov (Imprisoned in Bykhov Monastery)
Biography: Anton Denikin was born in Szpetal Dolny, now Włocławek in Poland, in 1872. Born to a heavily patriotic Russian father and Polish mother, Anton spoke both languages, and eventually followed his father into the Russian army. Anton enrolled into the Kiev Junker School, a military college, which he graduated from, and joined an artillery brigade soonafter. Anton rose through the ranks and served during the 1905 Russo-Japanese War, winning promotion to colonel in the same year.
Following the February Revolution, Anton became Chief of Staff to various generals, lastly to Lavr Kornilov, who he supported during the Kornilov Affair. Denekin was subsequently imprisoned alongside Kornilov and thirty other compatriots in Bykhov's monastery, where he remains in 1917.
[QUOTE][B]An Excerpt from the Diary of Anton Ivanovich Denikin, 21st of October 1917 - Translated[/B][/QUOTE]
[QUOTE]It has been around a month or so since Kerenksy and his dogs consigned us into this shithole of a prison in the manure pit of White Russia. Finally our captors have seen it wise to afford me paper and quill, a modicum of respect that should be given to a patriot of Mother Russia. Kornilov sits in the cell besides mine, and four more of our men sit with me in this one. We have been able only to communicate briefly, as we have been given ample time to urinate and bathe outside of this makeshift prison, but only while they watch. It is cruel irony, perhaps, that a godly man as I have been put into a monastery as a captive.
God only knows that the people would be up in arms should they know of the squalid conditions that Lavr and I suffer from. They throw me copies of Pravda to humiliate me, and I am forced to wipe with some publication from Tsaritsyn it seems a guard brought with him from home. Unacceptable! I am told that Kerenksy has only strengthened the government in the wake of the 'putsch', and yet weapons continue to fall into the hands of extremist elements. Though I refuse to read base journalism, my comrades have been reading this publication given to us, and tell me that the revolutionaries reconcile with the government, but seem to reconcile with each other also. I have no doubt that they ready themselves for further subversion of the provisional government.
Tomorrow, I will get a written message to Kornilov, and perhaps he'll deem it necessary to escape from this squalid hole. I will push for all of us to be released as soon as possible, and we may organise a new army of loyal men to wrest control from Kerenksy and his ilk.
If they demand to check my writing, I will eat it before they're able to read it.[/QUOTE]
Panta spent his morning taking a stroll by the Don river, as he usually did, on [URL="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/08/Plan_of_Rostov-on-Don_1917.jpg"]Beregovaya (Береговая - Coast/Shore) Street[/URL]. He had written his daily journal entry prior to leaving his home, discussing how he once more hadn't found a scoop, and commenting on the papers talking about the Soviets, especially after the Provincial Congress of the Ryazan Soviet had [URL="http://starosti.ru/article.php?id=55786"]ended[/URL] on the 18th just a few days earlier.
He wondered if the papers were right and the Bolsheviks will commit an armed uprising, despite the apparent public [URL="http://starosti.ru/article.php?id=55779"]rejection[/URL] of such thoughts to the press that asks them question. He sighed at the thought of it - the country was already heaving following the abdication of [I]Car Nikolaj[/I], and it was still fighting a war against those damned Germans. He worried over the future of his country.
[Panta spends the day looking for stories, as he attempts to get his current thoughts out of his mind.]
Vynnychenko had barely gotten up before seeing the headlines of the Kiev Observer. The move certainly had made waves. The wheels have begun to turn in motion. He hopes that he will get a response soon from his telegrams, for the time for aid is now, as the situation is dire in the looming thread of a military response from the provisional government.
He sits down and begins to write...
[editline]3rd November 2017[/editline]
After deliberating with his cabinet, Vynnychenko broadcasts to the Ukrainian nation the following:
[Translated from Ukrainian]
People of this great nation of Ukraine,
There comes a time for when men must take action against those who have wronged them. For far too long we have lived under the boot of the Russian Empire. For far too long we have been subjugated to oppression under the Czars. And now, the Provisional Government that seeks to continue this folly war against the Germans will continue to bring nothing but death and destruction to us and themselves. I say, no more! No more shall we be told what to do! No more shall we send our sons to die for their wars! No more shall we be kept in the dark! The time has come for us, the Ukrainian people, to seize the reins of destiny and form our own nation! From now on, we declare ourselves to be a free, and independent state, free from the grip of Russia!
Слава Україні, героям слави! (Glory to Ukraine, heroes of glory!)
[quote]Петрогра́д газета (Petrograd paper) 22/10/17 (November 4, 1917 New Style)
Украина объявляет независимость! The Ukraine declares independence!
Last night news came from the Ukraine that it had declared independence from Russia. We reveal these shocking events came about as the consequence of a struggle between the General Secretary of Ukraine Vynnychenko and the Minister-Chairman Kerensky, the latter of whom recently issued an investigation due to suspicion of “separatist activities”. Rather than come to Petrograd, Vynnychenko instead sent a telegram not only refusing, but in addition announcing Ukrainian independence! While his rule is only accepted within Kiev at present, many other parts of the country are expected to follow.
In a speech today, Vynnychenko also announced the creation of a national Ukrainian army and implored all Ukrainian nationalists to seize power and make Ukraine independent. Germany has already declared a pause to offensive operations in Galicia, causing panic to break out in the provisional government. Alexei Nikitin and Pavel Malyantovich (ministers of internal affairs and justice respectively) have already declared their resignations after an even more troubling development was heard to have happened. The Military Revolutionary Committee (a Bolshevik party organ) has become the de facto head of military forces in Petrograd and has declared they will no longer support the Provisional government. The reasons for this are understood as being in response to Kerensky demanding the Petrograd garrison mobilize, in response to which they mutinied. While the General Staff is currently in negotiations with the MRC to reach a compromise, the MRC has already declared itself the sole ruling authority of the garrison.
With events unfolding as they are, the Provisional Government is perceived to be on the brink.[/quote]
Note: Map Legend will refer only to parties currently at conflict within Russia (such as revolutionaries), and major combatants in war (such as Germany).
What had been a slow but uninterrupted journey would see its first major roadblock at Kiev-Pasazhyrskyi railway station. As [I]Zaamurets[/I] eased into the city, semaphores commanded it to halt at Platform 5, an unexpected order not mentioned in the Army's itinerary. As the the train came to a halt, Savel dismounted to speak with the guard about the meaning of the disruption. It was a naive move.
A mob of angry locals streamed onto the tracks to stop the train's passage, most bearing pitchforks or other crude weapons. The platform guard pulled a revolver.
"The Ukraine is a free nation now, and if you intend to subjugate us on behalf of the empire, we must halt you and demand your surrender. If you turn over your train and weapons to us, your men will be given safe passage on the next scheduled train to Moscow."
Savel was baffled. He had never heard such talk ridiculous talk in Odessa.
"This is nonsense. We are going to Petrograd and my orders have nothing to do with this absurd insurrection. You will release us immediately and we will go our separate ways."
He looked back to the crew only to realize they were bringing the two Nordenfelt guns to bear on the crowd. The guard had noticed as well, and he put his revolver to Savel's head.
"Surrender your train to us or I will kill your officer!" he barked. Suddenly a shot rang out. Both he and the guard crumpled to the ground. Only Savel stood back up. One of his men had put a rifle round right through the guard's chest. Shaken, he scrambled back into the train's hatch as his men trained the Maxim guns on the crowd. He popped his head out of the top hatch to give a brief address to the mob.
"There need not be any more killings in Kiev today, but on pain of death I order you to allow us to proceed on our orders to Petrograd." With that, the mob dispersed and [I]Zaamurets[/I] rumbled forward out of the station. Shaken, Savel descended into the safety of the armored turret and spent the rest of the day wondering if there was still a Russia left to save.
Next stop: Minsk.
[QUOTE]From the Journal of Mitrofan Dovnar-Zapol'skiy: Translated to English[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE][B][U]October 22nd 1917[/U][/B]
The train continues to chug along the seemingly endless line towards Minsk, passing nothing but endless farmland and forests pocketed by the occasional village or town. The people, that is the Belorussian peasantry seem nothing but miserable; I'm told by an officer on return to Minsk from Holiday that the many of them are forced to produce food for the Army to the point where there's not much left for themselves. Imagine it, a people forced to grow food to exasperate proportions yet not having a bite for their own hungry stomachs. Children, Women, Elderly, none are exempt from this I am told.
The conductor's informed us that we should arrive in Minsk in the next coming days, either tomorrow or the day after depending on the weather. Though initially without anxiety, my own stomach churns and twists at what there is to be found in the ancient city. For if that officer is to be believed then the homeland of my ancestors, of my own family and myself, is thoroughly under the yoke of the Russian. God have mercy upon us all if this be true. [/QUOTE]
Panta wasn't sure what to think this morning. The local evening paper had reminded him of the upcoming Constituent Assembly election on the 12th next month, but had also mentioned the situation with Vynnychenko, and apparently, now the Ukraine is independent according to the local morning gazette! He worried for a moment for his old home of Vilagosh, before realizing what implications this news may have on the state of the country.
Writing his journal entry for the day, Panta wrote of a [URL="http://starosti.ru/article.php?id=55807"]kerfuffle[/URL] that occurred between soldiers and the employees of the tram they were in. He wrote that he would be investigating into the situation to see how things had developed since yesterday, and mentioned that he had grown worried that nothing news worthy was happening for the past few days in Rostov. He had grown attached to the town, and commented that he probably would've had to resort to yellow journalism to keep his job, or just his current position, since the Tsaritsyn-based newspaper could always switch his base of reporting to a more lively town. He left his home to do his usual morning walk.
[Panta once more spends his day looking for stories, as he planned out his [I]article[/I] for the paper.]
[i]One of the mutinous garrisons in Vinnytsia[/i]
[quote]Москва́ газета (Moscow newspaper) 23/10/17 (November 5, 1917 New Style)
Новый кризис? A new crisis?
Stirrings of sedition and rebellion have rocked The Ukraine for days, but now there is news of an even bigger insurrection striking at the very heart of Petrograd itself! In the city, the self-appointed “Military Revolutionary Committee” of the Bolshevik Party has quickly and most ruthlessly seized one of the main organs of power in the city with the capture of the Peter and Paul fortress. With the military garrison of the capital already under their thumb the ministers in the Winter Palace have been rendered utterly helpless and already issue pleas to the rest of Russia to save the nation from the Bolshevik insurrectionists!
With this news at hand, the Provisional Government has been made not only defenceless, but is unable to suppress the burgeoning rebels in The Ukraine. There the minister Vynnychenko has declared independence and called upon all patriots to take up arms to help win freedom for their country. The demoralized garrison of Kiev has already seized much of the city for the new government, and now large groups of rioters roam the streets looking for symbols of Russian power to tear down and topple. Almost all Russian flags have vanished and been replaced with hastily erected Ukrainian ones. The local Bolshevik units have thrown in their lot and are now busy helping to capture remaining loyalists in the city. Barricades have begun appearing to either hem in or prevent the advance of loyalists.
Further to the west, the cities of Vinnytsia and Ekaterinoslav are facing uprisings as spontaneous riots break out and several units of the garrison have defected or otherwise mutinied (although control of the cities is still disputed between the loyalists, nationalists, and Bolsheviks). The local organs of various parties (most notably the Bolsevhiks) are already following the precedent set by the centre in Petrograd and are attempting to seize power. A peasant uprising is rumoured to have broken out south of Kiev in response to an armoured train having shot one of the locals, with the locals setting fire to tax offices and looting several military warehouses. The demoralised troops have responded with desertion.[/quote]
Vynnychenko went down one of the many streets of Kiev, meeting brave patriots who have taken up arms to fight for freedom. Meeting and greeting with the populace, he shakes hands, he salutes, he celebrates. The dream may become a reality.
Arriving at a small bakery, talking to a crowd, Vynnechenko feels nothing but joy to see such patriotism toward Ukraine. However, when answering questions...
"What of the train men? They shot one of us!" one person asked.
"We must bring them to justice! Justice for the dead!" another shouted.
Vynnychenko learns of a shooting, right here in Kiev. A patriot gunned down by soldiers of an armored train. Russian dogs. The anger builds upon learning of this. Something MUST be done. He stands up on a chair in front of the bakery to address the crowd.
"This slaying must NOT go unpunished! Ukrainian blood was spilled by Russian soldiers, and they WILL answer for their crimes! I hereby declare them to be [B][highlight]outlaws[/highlight][/B] in Ukrainian lands, and are to be hunted down like the criminals they are!".
[QUOTE][B]A Letter to Lavr Kornilov, From Anton Denikin Inside Bykhov's Monestery, 23rd of October 1917 - Translated[/B][/QUOTE]
How do you fare today? Do you know of any recent developments of the war, or by the provisional government? I fear that Kerenksy only panders and kowtows to the Bolshevik elements inside the Winter Palace, and I must wonder how long the roiling cauldron of the Petrograd Soviet will boil over into outright anarchy. Have you noticed a lessening of the guard patrol each day? I hear that Lenin has made his 'triumphant' return to Petri from the guards, but nothing else. And the place is vibrant with news from Ukraine- that mad dog Vynnychenko has the gall to declare independence from Russia, or they say. I do not believe this ideological nonsense, and if he truly has, the war effort is perhaps damned. The men that rot with me here wonder which of the Jews in his cabinet has convinced him to this foolishness. Or perhaps Vynnychenko is a damned Jew-communist himself, they say. No doubt he will be arrested within the week and exiled abroad, or brought to prison, but this headache will serve at best to weaken Kerenksy's position, at worst to topple the state entirely.
Sir, I suggest that now is the time to effect our escape from this stinking hole, or to demand release. We should flee to somewhere in the south or further east, and bolster our numbers, or make a temporary peace with Kerenksy and organise a new force to command.
If so, perhaps we should go to the supposed Ukraine, to gather forces still loyal to the republic. I believe they would accept our authority in the face of danger from their countrymen and the Bolsheviks, and we may make further plans when our freedom is secure. Send me a letter soon if you are able. The guard who delivers this to you has agreed to act as messenger between us, and is sympathetic to our predicament.
[QUOTE][B][U]An Article Penned by "П. Тканьачевич" for the Tsaritsyn-based newspaper he worked for, written 22nd of October and sent on same day - Translated to English[/U][/B]
STRIKE TURNS TO VIOLENCE
ROSTOV-ON-DON / 21. Oct. / Sob. kor.[I]*[/I] (P. T.) - The employees of a tram declared a strike, causing a halt in its movement. Discontent, the soldiers on board the tram fought with the employees as to get the tram moving once more, resulting in a large kerfuffle. Afterward, an emergency meeting was held between the Government Commissioner, representatives of the Council of Workers' Deputies of the city, the head of the garrison involved and the employer of the tram workers, where a number of measures were developed as to protect the employees, though employees hired wouldn't receive firm guarantees of immunity.
[I]*Abbreviation of "собственный корреспондент", meaning 'own correspondent'.[/I][/QUOTE]
[B][U]Dnevnik of Panta Tkanjačević[/U][/B]
The article I sent to the paper yesterday should appear today, if the letter arrived, that is. Reading the papers in the evening, I'm becoming more worried over the stability of the state. If this whole kerfuffle that occurred wasn't enough, the talk from the Bolsheviks I've read from the [URL="http://starosti.ru/article.php?id=55787"]Russian Word[/URL], the mentions of martial law and rebellion from the [URL="http://starosti.ru/article.php?id=55788"]New Time[/URL], and this whole Ukraine affair that's been going on since yesterday, I'm starting to wonder whether or not this republic will last.
According to the morning paper, the Bolsheviks had apparently taken advantage of this whole Ukraine situation in order to seize control of the Peter and Paul Fortress! And the Bolsheviks within the Ukraine seem to have also joined in their self-proclaimed independence. I can only hope that this flair of revolutionary tendencies doesn't reach Rostov or Tsaritsyn as well. The air's going to feel much colder during my walk.
[Panta spends his day just hoping nothing bad happens in his neck of the woods.]
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