The coming to power of the Bolsheviks was bloody. Adherents of the new Russia and those who dreamed of restoring the pre-revolutionary reality faced their lives and their deaths. The Bolsheviks destroyed their opponents without regret; they also dealt with one of the main figures of the white movement, Alexander Kolchak. Diletant.media publishes fragments of the admiral interrogation protocol.
Alexander V. Kolchak
After Kolchak surrendered to foreign allies, he fell into the hands of the Emergency Commission of Inquiry. Admittedly, during interrogations that began on January 21, 1920, he held himself with dignity. I tried not to give names, I took responsibility for everything.
The admiral knew that he would not leave alive (he was shot on February 7). That is why he used the interrogation in order to pass on to next generations information about his life and the events he witnessed. In fact, this is a kind of memoir. They shed light on many details of the biography of Alexander Vasilyevich, the expedition with his participation and the course of the civil war.
“My family was of a purely military nature and military direction. I grew up ... under the influence of a purely military situation and the military environment. Most of the acquaintances I met were military people. I was hardly interested in any political tasks and issues, and I was not engaged in it. ”
"I treated the monarchy as an existing fact, without criticizing and without going into questions on the merits of changes in the system"
“If counterintelligence would have discovered the existence of such Bolshevik agents, whom I would recognize as dangerous, then, of course, they would have to be arrested. Each of the chiefs can take this path, can do anything, but within the limits of legal norms. I always stood on this point of view. You can shoot, you can do anything, but everything must be done on the basis of legal norms "
“There were two independent bodies in Petrograd — the government and the Council of Workers and Soldiers Deputies. They entered into some negotiations, but, nevertheless, each of them acted completely independently, at their own peril and risk. Those parts that were set up by the Bolsheviks were at the disposal of the Council. The government also had its troops. Thus, there was a picture of complete anarchy and diarchy, in which one government did not recognize the other and did not reckon with the other. Of course, there was a full opportunity, if the government wanted to eliminate it, but it happened there that when some of the members of the Council were arrested, then Kerensky, having returned to Petrograd, freed them "
Read the full protocol here. .