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Grigori Rasputin

Mystic Grigori Rasputin

Profession: Mystic

Nationality:
Russia
Russian

Why Famous: One of the most controversial and studied figures in imperial Russian history, Rasputin was a self-proclaimed holy man and mystic who gained considerable influence in the court of Tsar Nicholas II as Nicholas' wife, Tsarina Alexandra, believed Rasputin could heal their hemophiliac son Tsarevich Alexei.

Rasputin was originally a peasant from Pokrovskoye in Siberia before becoming acquainted with the royal family in 1906. At court he was a highly divisive figure, with some seeing him as a true healer and others as a charlatan. Increasing tension within the household over his supposed influence led a group of Russian nobles to assassinate him in late 1916.

Many have credited the controversy over Rasputin's influence with helping to hasten the collapse of the Romanov dynasty during World War I.

Born: January 21, 1869
Birthplace: Pokrovskoye, Sibera, Russian Empire
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: December 29, 1916 (aged 47)
Cause of Death: Assassination

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  • 1914-06-29 Jina Guseva attempts to assassinate Grigori Rasputin at his home town in Siberia

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