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Zhitnyak is a guard at the prison where Yakov is held. He gets in trouble for allowing Shmuel to visit Yakov. After that incident, he is no longer Yakov’s guard.
Kogin is also a guard in the prison where Yakov is held. Usually he works at night. He worries a lot about his son who has been sentenced to prison.
Berezhinsky is another guard. He replaces Zhitnyak.
Grubeshov is the Prosecuting Attorney. He wants to prove that Yakov is guilty. He knows that to do so would please Tsar Nicholas II. He knows that his career will be advanced if he is successful.
Marfa Golov is the mother of the boy, Zhenia, who was murdered. Bibikov suspects that she or one of her group is the real killer.
Ivan Kuzminsky assists Bibikov in his job.
Zinaida Lebedev is the daughter of Nikolai Lebedev. She tries to be friends with Yakov, but later turns on him after he is accused of the murder of Zhenia.
Aaron Latke has a flat in Kiev where Yakov stays before he starts staying at the brickyard.
Father Anastasy is considered by some to be an expert in Judaism. He talks to those who are gathered at the reenactment of the murder. He is expected to be an “expert” witness at Yakov’s trial.
Colonel Bodyansky is with Grubeshov during his interrogation of Yakov. He threatens Yakov.
Fetyukov is a prisoner. He is a murderer. He believes Yakov when he says that he is innocent.
Gronfein is another prisoner. He is a counterfeiter. He tricks Yakov into writing letters that he then gives to the authorities so that he can obtain his own release from prison.
Tsar Nicholas II
Tsar (Czar) Nicholas II is not actually in the story. But, Yakov imagines him. Also, he is the driving force behind the persecution of Yakov because he needs a distraction to keep the people from thinking about the bad things that he himself has done.
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