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He was born in the Ukraine and studied at the University of Kiev . He became a Menshevik, but joined the Bolsheviks a few months before the October Revolution of 1917. Uritsky was made head of the Petrograd Cheka, or secret police, but was assassinated in August 1918. This event, along with the assassination attempt on Vladimir Lenin by Fanya Kaplan, provoked the Bolsheviks into a wave of persecution known as the Red Terror.
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