All opposition was ruthlessly suppressed by the Cheka, or political police.
He was known to be ruthlessly efficient, but somewhat of a showman.
As part of the cure, therefore, intellectual challenge and dissent were to be ruthlessly expunged.
He sold SoftKey in 1999 after ruthlessly buying out all of his competitors.
Only when brute force in its extremest form had been ruthlessly employed, only when three senators and some deputies had been arrested in full session by Russian grenadiers and sent as prisoners to Kaluga, did the opposition collapse.