Yakov Yurovsky

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Yakov Yurovsky (1878-1938) was born in Siberia to a Jewish family. He joined the Bolshevik party in 1905 and in July 1918, on orders from Yakov Sverdlov, supervised the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife and family. The Royal family were shot, stabbed and hacked to death.

Yurovsky later worked as a Chief of Soviet State Treasury. He died in 1938 of natural causes.

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