Born in 1893 in Kursk, Farbman was a member of RSDLP since 1910 (at 17) conducting revolutionary activities in Kiev. In 1914 he was arrested and exiled to Tobolsk Governorate. After the February Revolution Farbman joined the Kiev committee of RSDLP becoming a chairman of Kiev Trade Unions and eventually a member of central committee of the Communist Party (bolsheviks) of Ukraine and the Central Executive Committee of Ukraine.
In 1919 as a member of Frontlines Bureau Farbman was in charge of the information and communication party department and a member of Orgbureau of the Communist Party of Ukraine. From January through March of 1920 he acted as a secretary of the central committee in the absence of Stanislav Kosior. Later in 1920 Farbman moved to Moscow where he headed a city department of People's Education. He was a member of the 9th and 10th congresses of RSDLP(b). On December 18, 1927 Farbman was excluded from the Communist Party as a member of the United Opposition Group on a decision of the 15th party congress, but in 1932 he was reinstated. In 1930-35 Farbman worked as a deputy chief of the Trust Administration "Rudmetalltorg" (Metal-ore trade). In 1933 he was excluded from the party once again for Trotskism and in 1935 arrested receiving a life sentence. Farbman was freed only in 1956 and received an amnesty. He died in 1966.
- Khazanov, L. How in 1920s the "colored" scrap was collected. "Metallosnabzhenie i sbyt". November 2006.
- Videneeva, A. A history on the destruction of Rostov bells. State Museum-Sanctuary "Rostov Kremlin" official website.
- Resolution of the 15th Congress of VKP(b) about the opposition of December 18, 1927 (Handbook on history of the Communist Party and the Soviet Union 1898–1991)
- brief information
- Rafail Farbman at Russian Jewish Encyclopedia
- Rafail Farbman at Handbook on history of the Communist Party and the Soviet Union 1898–1991