Grigori Efimovich Rasputin

Grigori Efimovich Rasputin

Death c.30 Dec 1916 (aged 44)
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
Memorial ID 7304586 · View Source
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Russian Political Figure. Called the "Mad Monk", he was born a peasant in the small village of Prokovskoe in the Tyumen district of Siberia. Rasputin gained a reputation as a debauched drunkard early in life. At the age of 18, he spent three months in the Verkhoturye Monastery, where he became interested in the renegade Skopsty sect, whose followers believed that only through sin can one truly gain divine forgiveness. He donned a monk's robes and called himself a staretz, or traveling holy man, but it is unlikely he ever actually became a monk. Rasputin married Praskovia Feodorovna at the age of 19, and they had three children. He never made a secret of this marriage and admitted it freely. He left his family in 1901 to travel to the Holy Land. In 1903 he reached St. Petersburg and proclaimed himself a holy man of mystical powers. His charisma and mystery soon made him the darling of the ladies of Russian high society. For the most part, the nobles disliked him, but at the same time found him fascinating. Rumours of drunken parties and orgies became rampant. In 1905 he came to the aid of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, who were desperate to find help for the hemophiliac Tsarevitch Alexei. Rasputin claimed to be able to heal through the power of prayer, and the imperial couple hoped he could succeed where doctors had failed. Under Rasputin's care, the boy did seem to rally, and even thrive, and the holy man's influence over the Tsarina grew until he was appointed her personal advisor. More and more controversy began to brew over Rasputin's personal life, and his relationship with the church became more tense than usual. He was heard to brag at parties about his tremendous influence over the Tsar and Tsarina, and rumours circulated that he was having an affair with Alexandra. Meanwhile, Russia's economy was declining rapidly, and Rasputin, because of his influence, became a convenient person to blame. Vladimir Purishkevich and Felix Yusupov made plans to dispose of the troublesome monk. Much of what happened next is legend and conjecture, as even the accounts of the murderers themselves changed frequently. What is fact is that Rasputin accepted an invitation to Yusupov's palace on the evening of December 16, probably under the promise of meeting Yusupov's beautiful wife Irina, and he did not survive the night. His body was fished from the Moika Canal. That Rasputin was actually mad is doubtful, though he was certainly opportunistic . His life and the circumstances of his death have become the stuff of legend.

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