This Day in Jewish History 1885: A Jew Becomes Leader of Russia, if Not for Long

Perhaps Yakov Sverdlov’s stint as top Bolshevik was dimmed in memory by his untimely death at age 33, under very mysterious circumstances indeed.

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June 3, 1885 is the birthdate of Yakov Sverdlov, the Bolshevik agitator who helped Vladimir Lenin to realize his vision and was even briefly the head of state of the Russian Soviet Socialist Federal Republic....