"The Red Terror became so wide-spread that it is impossible to give here all the details of the principal means employed
by the [Jewish] Cheka(s) to master resistance; one of the most important is that of hostages, taken among all social classes.
These are held responsible for any anti-Bolshevist movements (revolts, the White Army, strikes, refusal of a village to give
its harvest etc.) and are immediately executed. Thus, for the assassination of the Jew Ouritzky, member of the Extraordinary
Commission of Petrograd, several thousands of them were put to death, and many of these unfortunate men and women suffered
before death various tortures inflicted by cold-blooded cruelty in the prisons of the Cheka. I have in front of me photographs
taken at Kharkoff, in the presence of the Allied Missions, immediately after the Reds had abandoned the town; they consist
of a series of ghastly reproductions such as: Bodies of three workmen taken as hostages from a factory which went on strike.
One had his eyes burnt, his lips and nose cut off; the other two had their hands cut off.
The bodies of hostages, S. Afaniasouk and P. Prokpovitch, small landed proprietors, who were scalped by their executioners;
S. Afaniasouk shows numerous burns caused by a white hot sword blade. The body of M. Bobroff, a former officer, who had his
tongue and one hand cut off and the skin torn off from his left leg. Human skin torn from the hands of several victims by
means of a metallic comb. This sinister find was the result of a careful inspection of the cellar of the Extraordinary Commission
of Kharkoff. The retired general Pontiafa, a hostage who had the skin of his right hand torn off and the genital parts mutilated.
Mutilated bodies of women hostages: S. Ivanovna, owner of a drapery business, Mme. A.L. Carolshaja, wife of a colonel, Mmo.
Khlopova, a property owner. They had their breasts slit and emptied and the genital parts burnt and having trace of coal.
Bodies of four peasant hostages, Bondarenko, Pookhikle, Sevenetry, and Sidorfehouk, with atrociously mutilated faces, the
genital parts having been operated upon by Chinese torturers in a manner unknown to European doctors in whose opinion the
agony caused to the victims must have been dreadful. It is impossible to enumerate all the forms of savagery which the Red
Terror took. A volume would not contain them. The Cheka of Kharkoff, for example, in which Saenko operated, had the specialty
of scalping victims and taking off the skin of their hands as one takes off a glove...At Voronege the victims were shut up
naked in a barrel studded with nails which was then rolled about. Their foreheads were branded with a red hot iron five pointed
star. At Tsaritsin and at Kamishin their bones were sawed...At Keif the victim was shut up in a chest containing decomposing
corpses; after firing shots above his head his torturers told him that he would be buried alive. The chest was buried and
opened again half an hour later when the interrogation of the victim was proceeded with. The scene was repeated several times
over. It is not surprising that many victims went mad."
(S.P. Melgounov, p. 164-166; The Secret Powers Behind Revolution, by Vicomte Leon De Poncins, p. 151-153).