Did Russian government employ state-sponsored assassins under Russian Empire during 1800-1917? I know, killings of many figures disliked by the Tsar were arranged in the forms of staged duels, but what about assassinations?

Note: executions do not count, open shootings of rioters do nor count. I am asking about secret killings by order of the government of specific people (called by name).

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    Why should the Russian Empire be the one government without spies, intelligence operatives, counterterrorists, you-name-them? – DevSolar Jan 20 at 12:59
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    Who were these "many figures" whose deaths were arranged in the form of duels? Please, provide a reference to this claim. (If you meant Pushkin as an example, then this claim ahistorical.) – Moishe Kohan Jan 20 at 14:10
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    What area of Russian history are you thinking about? There's a huge difference between how things worked during the reign of Ivan the Terrible versus Nicholas II – Gort the Robot Jan 20 at 15:05
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    @Anixx Can you edit those dates into the question? – Gort the Robot Jan 20 at 18:22

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