The Dark People: Russia's Crisis

The Dark People: Russia's Crisis

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The Dark People: Russia's Crisis

The Dark People: Russia's Crisis

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I shall never forget the Nevsky, the principal street of Petrograd, as it looked to me in the summer of 1917, in those hot and sultry days and through those long White Nights of the North, when the strange uncertain greyish light slowly deepened into a midnight dusk. A long wide thoroughfare with dirty wooden pavement, in the centre was a double line of overhead trolleys, and on either hand moved dense processions of traffic: military automobiles, motor cycles, ambulance cars and enormous army trucks, countless little open cabs and peasant-carts with huge wooden yokes over the necks of the horses, carts heavy laden with bags of grain, the carcasses of sheep and hogs and many other food supplies. Groups of horsemen passed in the throng, Cossacks with their jaunty caps and curly hair. Occasionally a rich limousine passed, but this was a rare exception. Gone from the streets were the brilliancy and sparkle and pomp of former days.

With a harsh clamour of voices, soldiers and civilians passed: some soldiers neat and orderly and quick to salute the officers; others carelessly tramp-

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