Genrikh Yagoda

Holodomor AvatarGenrikh Grigoryevich Yagoda born Yenokh Gershevich Iyeguda (7 November 1891–15 March 1938) into a Jewish family in Rybinsk. He joined the Bolsheviks in 1907 and was a director of the NKVD, and intelligence agency. Responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people, as head Yagoda’s black vans went out every night in St. Petersburg, known then as Leningrad, to round up “class enemies”: former members of the aristocracy, former civil servants, former businessmen, former teachers and professors and professional people, ethnic Europeans who had graduated from a university. A quarter of the population of the city was arrested and liquidated by Yagoda.

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