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1900: Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1871 - 1916) Russian monk and courtesan who achieved a remarkable influence over the empress Alexandra and her husband Tsar Nicholas II. Original Publication: Aldus Disc - People & Personalities - 1353 - 008

1900: Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1871 - 1916) Russian monk and courtesan who achieved a remarkable influence over the empress Alexandra and her husband Tsar Nicholas II. Original Publication: Aldus Disc - People & Personalities - 1353 - 008

a subtle touch of culture through the scarf

a subtle touch of culture through the scarf

Rasputin would go on regular drinking binges and then behave outrageously. His behaviour meant that he was eventually kept away from the Imperial family but he continued to control the Tsarina through Anna Vyrubova (who was only too happy to act as an intermediary).

Rasputin would go on regular drinking binges and then behave outrageously. His behaviour meant that he was eventually kept away from the Imperial family but he continued to control the Tsarina through Anna Vyrubova (who was only too happy to act as an intermediary).

The illiterate Siberian, Rasputin, won entry to the court of Czar Nicholas II in 1907 as a holy man who could cure the crown prince of hemophilia. Rasputin accrued so much power that he weakened the throne. Nor did he give up easily. On Dec 31, 1916, foes fed him poison, then shot him - repeatedly. He was still alive when the dumped him in the Neva River to drown.

The illiterate Siberian, Rasputin, won entry to the court of Czar Nicholas II in 1907 as a holy man who could cure the crown prince of hemophilia. Rasputin accrued so much power that he weakened the throne. Nor did he give up easily. On Dec 31, 1916, foes fed him poison, then shot him - repeatedly. He was still alive when the dumped him in the Neva River to drown.

Grigorii Yefimovich Rasputin had a lot of influence on the Romanov family until someone murdered him.

Grigorii Yefimovich Rasputin had a lot of influence on the Romanov family until someone murdered him.

Around 1904, Rasputin travelled to St. Petersburg to meet with John of Kronstadt (1829-1908) and acquire donations for the construction of the village church.

Around 1904, Rasputin travelled to St. Petersburg to meet with John of Kronstadt (1829-1908) and acquire donations for the construction of the village church.

Распутин.

Распутин.

Rasputin with Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna, her children and their nurse

Rasputin with Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna, her children and their nurse

Rasputin betrayed the trust of the Russian royal family as the palace was stormed and the whole family imprisoned and murdered and buried in an unmarked grave.  Id like to believe if it never happened Russia would be a peaceful country

Rasputin betrayed the trust of the Russian royal family as the palace was stormed and the whole family imprisoned and murdered and buried in an unmarked grave. Id like to believe if it never happened Russia would be a peaceful country

Maria Rasputin. Daughter of the infamous Russian Holy Man. She eventually worked in a circus as a lion tamer. She officially recognized Anna Anderson as the missing Grand Duchess Anastasia only to recant her statement shortly thereafter.

Maria Rasputin. Daughter of the infamous Russian Holy Man. She eventually worked in a circus as a lion tamer. She officially recognized Anna Anderson as the missing Grand Duchess Anastasia only to recant her statement shortly thereafter.

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