Rasputin circa 1920 | "Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, baptized on 22 January [O.S. 10 January] 1869 – murdered on 30 December [O.S. 17 December] 1916) was a Russian peasant, mystic, faith healer and private adviser to the Romanovs. He became an influential figure in Saint Petersburg after August 1915 when Tsar Nicolas II took command of the army at the front. Much uncertainty over life and the degree of influence, accounts are often based on dubious memoirs, hearsay and legend."