Rasputin….Rasputin…..Let Down Your Hair

Or was that Rapunzel?

This post is not a nursery rhyme instead about the history of Russia early 20th century…..and one of my favorite figures in Russian history.

Grigory Rasputin…..a Russian monk that became the center of Russian foreign policy……the story goes that he was so hated that a few Russian military officers invited Rasputin to a party knowing he would not resist because of his love of drink and fast women…….Rasputin got drunk and the officers poisoned him, stabbed him, shot him and eventually drowned him…..any way his influence over the tsarina was eliminated……

But his life until his death was fascinating……

Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1872-1916) was the infamous ‘holy man’ whose ability to heal the Tsar and Tsarina’s son Alexis led to his being adopted as a supreme mystic at court.  Growing in influence to the point where he effectively dictated policy he was eventually assassinated by a group of court conspirators in December 1916.

Born in 1872 at Pokrovskoye in Siberia to a peasant family, Rasputin’s limited education left him without the ability to either read or write. Even at a young age he earned himself such a reputation for devoted debauchery that his actual name of Grigory Yefimovich Novykh was replaced with the surname ‘Rasputin’ – Russian for ‘debauched one’.


His life is interesting but the circumstances around is death and damn well fascinating……

The mysterious Grigory Efimovich Rasputin, a peasant who claimed powers of healing and prediction, had the ear of Russian Czarina Alexandra. The aristocracy held negative views about a peasant in such a high position, and peasants disliked the rumors that the czarina was sleeping with such a scoundrel. Rasputin was seen as “the dark force” who was ruining Mother Russia.To save the monarchy, several members of the aristocracy attempted to murder Rasputin. On the night of Dec. 16, 1916, they tried. The plan was simple. Yet on that fateful night, the conspirators found that killing Rasputin would be very difficult indeed.

The next time you play Triaval Pursuit and the hstory question is….who in history was strangled, stabbed, shot, poisoned and finally drowned?  You will know the answer.
History is just great stuff…..plus it is always good to learn stuff…..
A New Year and more history to delight some and dismay others……
Class Dismissed!

6 thoughts on “Rasputin….Rasputin…..Let Down Your Hair

  1. They made a couple of good films about his murder too. He certainly had a powerfully strong constitution. Either that, or what they were sold wasn’t poison in the first place.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. What is the truth about Rasputin?
        Just who was the Granson of QueenVictoria ?
        The Bolsheviks,Messianic bunch of ?
        He came from a family of shamans.
        He was assasinated by ?
        Put 2 & 2 together. He opposed the war.
        40 years later ( in my late 20’s I read a book that offered a completely diff perspective) I recieved info that shone a light on his death.Still,keep an open mind. I never bought into the propaganda….must be my 6th sense. 😉
        https://youtu.be/Z8fElImA3kc via @YouTube

      2. Forgot to give you the title of the book…a bit of an eye opener. “Algiers,Third World Capital” Elaine Mokhtefi..worth a read if you like history. Hope all is well with you chuq.

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