Red Terror Facts: 21-25
21. To capture the deserters, the Cheka took their families as hostage and started killing them to force the deserters into turning themselves in. Lenin gave clear orders to capture and take hostage of anyone who aided the deserters, including their own family members. Lenin even said that the Cheka should treat the hostages in a way that the deserters just give in.
22. In the gulags, the Cheka would simply drown tied up prisoners in nearby rivers. For instance, Kholmogory Camp was near Dvina River where imprisoned peasant rebels and their family members and other prisoners where drowned in the fashion mentioned.
23. In 1919, Cheka introduced their terror to industrial workers who went on strikes demanding same amount of ration as Red Army and demanding free elections and freedom of press. They were mercilessly suppressed either via arrests or executions.
24. In Astrakhan city, Cheka captured industrial workers who went into strikes and the Red Army deserters who joined the strikers. They were loaded onto barges and stones were tied to their necks and thrown into the Volga River. Between March 12 and March 14 of 1919, 2,000 to 4,000 people were either drowned or shot dead by Cheka.
25. The atrocities of the Cheka forces were beyond words. The only other event in history that could match the barbaric moves of Cheka forces during Red Terror was Spanish Inquisition [according to British historian – Orlando G. Figes].
Red Terror Facts: 26-30
26. Among the various atrocities of internal Cheka forces, one was that of tying people to planks and then slowly feeding them into boiling water or furnaces.
27. As if that wasn’t enough, the Red Terror introduced barbarity that could be scarcely believed. They peeled off skin from hands of those they captured and used the skin to produce gloves.
28. Cheka had large barrels that were nail studded from inside. They would roll naked people into the barrels. They would even stone people to death or crucify them.
29. No, that wasn’t all. They would impale clergy and would bury alive the rebelling peasants. Often, the people were made to dig their own graves.
30. Chinese detachments of Cheka took things further ahead. They would take iron tubes – one side sealed with wire net and other side open. They would place a rat in the tube and press and hold the open side against a prisoner’s stomach and gradually heat up the tube. The rat would eventually try to escape by gnawing through the body of the victim.