RUSSIA: Refrigerator No. I

In the Soya Strait, just above the northernmost island of Japan, the Soviet provision ship Refrigerator No, 1 was halted by the Japanese, her captain and crew thrown into jail. Japanese authorities questioned their Red captives about the number and equipment of Soviet armed forces facing Manchukuo. To force answers they used the dread Oriental bastinado, beat the soles of the Reds with thin strips of bamboo. On top of this ancient torture, a favorite in China for thousands of years, the Japanese produced electric wires, sparked and shocked the Russians' bleeding soles.

Such at least was the story—not inconsistent...

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