Lenin‘s life hung in the balance after he was shot by Fanny Kaplan, but now he appears to be on the mend, to the relief of his Bolshevik followers. Kaplan meanwhile has been interrogated and probably tortured by the Cheka, the Soviet political police. They are keen to discover whether she was working as part of a wider plot, either with underground members of the Socialist Revolutionary Party or with foreign powers. She denies any involvement with others, though in actual fact she appears to have been part of a network of SR cadres operating independently of the SR-led government in Samara.
Today the Bolsheviks decide that they have interrogated Kaplan for long enough. Deeming a trial to be an unnecessary bourgeois frippery, she is summarily shot; her body is then burned before burial in an unmarked grave. The Cheka meanwhile has unleashed a Red Terror on the real or imagined enemies of the Revolution. The attempt on Lenin’s life showed the danger of allowing malcontents free rein; under the direction of Dzerzhinsky, the Cheka is now free to round up, interrogate and kill any potential threats to Soviet power. As the Cheka operates completely outside any legal restraints, no one in Bolshevik controlled areas is safe from them. Which is as it should be: the purpose of the Red Terror is to terrify.
Fanny Kaplan (Wikipedia)
In the Basement of the Cheka, by Ivan Vladimirov (Wikipedia Commons: Ivan Vladimirov)
Note: I recommend having a look at more of the pictures by Ivan Vladimirov. In his later careeer he produced socialist realist hackwork, but his pictures from the Civil War and the early stages of the Revolution are quite chilling depictions of social breakdown.