I handled hundreds of signals to all parts of the Soviet Union which were couched in the following form: "To N.K.V.D., Frunze. You are charged with the task of exterminating 10,000 enemies of the people. Report results by signal.--Yezhov." And in due course the reply would come back: "In reply to yours of such-and-such date, the following enemies of the Soviet people have been shot."
-Former Soviet Spy-Chief Vladimir Petrov