Rasputin--Facts About the Mad Monk of Russia

A Mystic Who Influenced History

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Facts About Rasputin

Known as the Mad Monk, Rasputin reportedly had special healing powers. He influenced kings and charmed women, becoming one of the most powerful men in Russia.

  1. Grigory Efimovich Rasputin was born of Russian peasants in Siberia in 1869.
  2. Rasputin wandered all over Russia and made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem two times, before becoming a monk.
  3. Rasputin was welcomed at the religious Academy of St. Petersburg and soon became a favorite.
  4. Rasputin was recommended to the royal family and was viewed by them as a man of God.
  5. Empress Alexandra's son, Alexei suffered from hemophilia. Rasputin gained Alexandra's trust by healing her son. It is purported that the presence of Rasputin by the boy's side caused Alexei's internal bleeding to cease.
  6. Interestingly, Rasputin abhorred the Russian nobility and viewed them as another race. He spoke to them as he would to peasants.
  7. Grigory Rasputin's entry into the Romanov's inner circle may have been partly credited to his mystical powers. Some believed he used his powers to gain favor with the Tsar and Tsarina.
  8. With the Tsar's absence, Rasputin gained prominence, which alarmed the nobles who may have considered him unkempt, ill educated, and wily.
  9. Concerns elevated when ministers of the government were fired and replaced with supporters of Rasputin.
  10. Certain members of the Romanov family decided to take matters in hand and a plot was formed to strike against Rasputin.
  11. Rasputin the Mad Monk, prophesied his own death and said that if it were caused by the nobles, within two years the royal family would be no more.
  12. Rasputin was like a cat with nine lives, escaping death repeatedly.
  13. A poisoning attempt using cyanide left him unscathed. He was then shot, more than once, but still he lived on.
  14. Rasputin was beaten, tied, and thrown into the Neva River, where he finally succumbed, Dec 31, 1916.
  15. Seven months later, Rasputin's prophecy came true. Bolshevik revolutionaries killed the royal family.

Rasputin left an indelible mark on history, whether rogue, prophet, monk, or madman.

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Further Reading About Rasputin:

  • The Minister of Evil: The Secret History of Rasputin's Betrayal of Russia
  • Rasputin and the Russian Revolution
  • Rasputin: the Saint Who Sinned
  • Grigory Rasputin: Holy Man or Mad Monk?
  • Rasputin's Daughter
  • To Kill Rasputin: the Life and Death of Grigory Rasputin
  • Rasputin and the Jews: A Reversal of History
  • Lost Splendor: The Amazing Memoirs of the Man Who Killed Rasputin
  • The Murder of Rasputin: the Truth About Prince Felix Youssoupov and the Mad Monk Who Helped Bring Down the Romanovs

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A Man of Mystery

Rasputin is an interesting historical figure, a complex character with intriguing abilities. Was he good or was he evil? Both his life and death raise interesting and unanswered questions.

© 2011 Athlyn Green

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ValKaras 5 months ago from Canada

Personages like Rasputin or Count de Saint Germaine took many great secrets to their graves, particularly those about their strange and useful powers, which they never helped any other person to cultivate.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Interesting...... I had read a novel in Marathi language on Rasputin.


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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Chana,

I've included information in this Hub about the book you mentioned regarding Rasputin and the Jews.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

Great hub you have here Athlyn Green. My husband has been a follower of Russian History and often talks about Rasputin, and his seeming indestructibility...but your hub has given lots of insight about what this person was like and how he influenced Russian history so significantly.


Chana 4 years ago

Well, some of this is true, but if you read the new book, "Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History", you will see that the aristocracy hated him for helping the severely oppressed Jews, who were denied any civil rights, including education, occupation of choice, or even where to live. Not to mention which the Romanovs sanctioned regular raids where entire villages of Jews were tortured and slaughtered. Rasputin was horrified by this and the 'supporters' that he sought to get into office were people who promised to advocate equal rights for all minorities, as well as peace (since he was anti-war). In fact, if the Tsar had listened to Rasputin, and given everyone equal rights, the revolution might have been avoided. Rasputin had nothing to do with the revolution and was dead months before it happened. The revolution happened because the workers and peasants were tired of being underfed, overworked and treated like animals, while the aristocracy lived the high life. In 1905, before Rasputin had any influence, there had been another revolution for the same reason.

Remember that the Romanovs had the blood of many innocent people on their hands, because of prejudice and hatred, while Rasputin was a healer and never harmed nor killed a soul in his life.


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doodlebugs 4 years ago from Southwest

He was an enigmatic figure and had so much influence on the Russian royal family that he changed history forever. Had it not been for him, the rise of Communism may have been avoided.

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