Wilhelm von Mirbach
|Wilhelm von Mirbach-Harff|
|Wilhelm von Mirbach|
|German Ambassador to Russia|
April 1918 – July 1918
July 2, 1871|
Bad Ischl, Austria
|Died||July 6, 1918
Mirbach was born in Bad Ischl in Upper Austria. He participated in the Russian-German negotiations in Brest-Litovsk from December 1917 to March 1918. He was appointed German ambassador to Russia in April 1918.
Mirbach was assassinated by Yakov Grigorevich Blumkin at the request of the Central Committee of the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries, who tried to incite a war between Russia and Germany. Blumkin entered Mirbach's residence in Moscow using forged papers and shot his victim at point blank range. Mirbach's assassination signaled the beginning of the revolt of the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries in Moscow in 1918.
Mirbach was succeeded as German ambassador to Russia by Karl Helfferich.
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