The Chekist (Russian: Чекист) is a 1992 Russian drama film directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. The film is currently not in distribution.
At the direction of Lenin, the CHEKA performed mass arrests and executions of "enemies of the people".
"Without mercy, without sparing, we will kill our enemies in scores of hundreds. Let them be thousands, let them drown themselves in their own blood."
Many victims of CHEKA repression were 'bourgeois hostages' rounded up and held in readiness for summary execution in reprisal for any alleged counter-revolutionary act. Lenin's dictum was: that it was better to arrest 100 innocent people rather than to risk one enemy going free. That ensured that wholesale, indiscriminate executions became an integral part of the soviet system.
CHEKA developed a efficient technique for execution, a shot to the nape of the neck, which caused minimal blood loss and instant death.
CHEKA departments were organized in cities, villages, at any front-lines and military formations. Many who were hired to head those departments were so-called "nestlings of Kerensky" (Russian: птенцы Керенского), the former political and criminal convicts released by the Kerensky amnesty.