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 Grigory Rasputin

Born:   29 July 1869
Deceased:   30 December 1916

Favourite of the Romanovs Family, healer, a mystical figure of the Russian history


Myths surrounding the figure of Grigory Rasputin start with his birthdate. Some history researchers are inclined to think he was born in the period 1863-1868, but the historic documents indicate that he most likely was born in 1869. Grigory`s birth place was the village of Pokrovskoe in Siberia. At the age of 18 he for the first time travelled to a monastery in the town of Verkhoture. When Grigory returned to Pokrovskoe, at the age of 19 he married a woman named Praskovia Fyodorovna. They had three children named Dimitri, Maria, and Varvara. Even after Grigory had married he could not settle down and continued traveling to religious places. After such trips he started calling himself a man of God, a holy man, and started telling about his gift to heal diseases and predict the future. Very soon he became famous and people from around Russia started coming to him for being cured. Once Rasputin was plowing in a field when he was struck by a vision. According to his words, he saw the Holy Mother, who told Rasputin that the tsarevich Aleksei was a hemophiliac and that he must save the boy`s life. In 1902, Rasputin began to make his way to St. Petersburg. In 1905 he got to St. Petersburg, and that was a very fortunate moment. The Church needed “prophets” who the ordinary people would trust. Rasputin was suitable for that role due to having a common peasant appearance, simple speech and a strong personality. However, his enemies claimed that Rasputin used religion to hide his cynicism and to get power, money, and sex. In 1907 Rasputin was first called by the royal family. Their son was indeed a hemophiliac and, although they did not want to make the fact of his disease public, they needed someone who could help their son. Rasputin successfully stopped the bleeding and told to the royal family that their own destiny was deeply intertwined with himself. Rasputin gradually became a part of the royal family, tsar`political and religious advicer as well their son`s healer. Despite his help to the royal family many people appeared to hate Grirogiy. His drunk debauches shocked St. Petersburg citizens, and the upper class was discontent with his considerable influence on the policy. Nicholas I did not like it that Rasputin appeared at the palace too often, and besides, there were rumors about Rasputin having a too close relationship with the Empress. As a result some of the Russian royals decided that Rasputin was a danger to Russia. Three men: Prince Feliks Yusupov, Vladimir Mitrofanovich Purishkevich, and the Grand Duke Dimitry Pavlovich invited Rasputin to the Yusupov Palace on December 30, 1916 to meet the Tsar's niece. While they were "waiting" for the niece, their men made Rasputin drink poisoned wine and cakes. Surprisingly the poison did not affect him. Unpatient Yusupov shot Rasputin, but he managed to escape to the courtyard where the other men were preparing to leave. Despite being shot again by Puishkevich, Rasputin was alive until the three men threw him into the river. Nowadays the figure of Rasputin is still surrounded by controversy and he has become a mystical figure in Russian history, but undoubtedly he had a great impact on the Romanovs family and the history of Russia.

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