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Quotes from the Russian Revolution

"How can you make a revolution without executions?" an outraged Lenin in October on hearing that the Soviet had abolished the death penalty.

"I think, though the Bolsheviks have few positive sides , the disbandment of the Constituent Assembly is truly to their credit. This one should consider their positive asset." Kolchak, white dictator of Siberia.

"I am an opponent of the Bolsheviks. I consider them enemies of my country. I know that they will bring the greatest suffering upon the people .... But if I were asked whether I regretted the revolution, I would say no. And whatever my personal fate - if I were asked whether I'd live through the revolution again, I would say yes." Andrei Shingarev, former KADET minister from his prison diary.

"You're wasters, not soldiers. Why didn't you get rid of them?" Komisar Kutilov to the red guards who had safely delivered Shingarev and Kokoshkin to a prison hospital. The two former ministers were executed shortly afterwards.

"The Bolsheviks slavishly imitated speech and gesture of the French Jacobins, just as the Jacobins in turn had imitated the heroes of ancient Rome. But they forgot that the French Revolution itself was drowned in bloody defeat precisely because of its terrorism." Stienberg, Sovnarkom Minister of Justice

Shub p344
Brovkin p195: Behind the Front Lines of the Civil war.
Stienberg In the workshop of revolution p83
Stienberg p 81
Stienberg p 61