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Who was Grigori Efimovich Rasputin?

13. October 2009 by Kari 0 Comments

Born in the late 19th century in a small Siberian village, Grigori Efimovich Rasputin was a controversial Russian figure, known for womanizing and drunkenness in his early days. In his later years, Rasputin was regarded as a psychic, a prophet and a healer, but was given the nickname "Mad Monk" by his detractors. Most of what we know about this mystic figure comes from hearsay and legend.

By the time Rasputin was 28 years old, he began to follow religious teachings. Shortly afterwards, he stopped drinking, smoking and eating meats and sweets. Rasputin shared his new founded ways and knowledge with people throughout his own village and beyond. His teachings were especially captivating to Russian women. This is most likely due to his claim that he had the ability to “charm away unhappiness.”

After becoming good friends with Empress Alexandra, he healed her son, Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholaevich. Throughout this feat, Rasputin gained a lot of influence with the Russian Orthodox Church and Tsar Nicholas II.

However, since Rasputin’s influence on the church seemed to be nonpartisan, not everyone supported him. In fact, he was later murdered on a cold December day in 1916 by Prince Felix Yusupov, the Grand Duke Dmitry Pavlovich, and other nobles. It should be noted that Rasputin did not die at the first attempt of his murderers. Thus, after trying to kill Rasputin by serving him poisoned cakes and wine, he still remained alive. When that didn’t work, they shot him. Once they again realized that he was alive, the nobles badly beat him. After it was clear that their attempts were worthless, they tossed Rasputin’s body into the Neva River. Here, he drowned shortly afterwards.

In the 1990’s, a large mass of people in the Russian Orthodox Church, lobbied in favor of Rasputin being granted sainthood. If permission is granted, he will become known as the Martyr of God, and Tsar Elder Grigori Novy.