Felix Dzerzhinsky, first director of the Cheka and orchestrator of the Red Terror. Menshevik leader Julius Martov wrote of the killings that happened under his watch: 'the beast has licked hot human blood. The man-killing machine is brought into motion.'
"'Iron Fellix' Dezerzhinsky, the dread founding maestro of Soviet terror, was besieged by requests from Kremlin staffers for towels for the Kremlyovka kitchens. Also aprons and jackets for cooks. Mrs. Trotsky kept asking for tea strainers. In vain."