Rasputin

By: Anthony Alivo and Chandler Solom

Boney M - Rasputin (1978)

The Birth of Rasputin

Tuesday, Jan. 21st 1969 at 12am

Pokrovskoye, Rostov Oblast, Russia

Pokrovskoye, Rostov Oblast

Early Life

Grigori Rasputin was born as a peasant in the village of Pokrovskoye, Siberia. The day after birth Rasputin was baptized. Rasputin had 8 other siblings, but unfortunately, only two of them survived. Almost everyone in the town of Pokrovskoye was uneducated including Rasputin.

Rasputin Becomes Holy

Rasputin believed that the Virgin Mary spoke to him which was when he began his holy and religious lifestyle. He married Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina and had three children. But then he suddenly left his family to become a monk in a monastery. He studied there for several months and stopped drinking, but after he started to travel to religious places such as Mount Athos only living off of charity. But even as a traveler Rasputin still went back to his family to help with the harvest.
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Rasputin Gets into Russian Government

After the long journey Rasputin took to become a more holy man, Bishop Theophan became mesmerized by him and so did princesses Militsa and Anastasia. He also met Nicholas II and Aleksandra who were the Tsar and Tsarina. After meeting them Rasputin began to talk with Aleksandra who was so fascinated by him that she would talk to him for hours about religion and Rasputin would also question how Nicholas was ruling telling her that he need to become closer to his people or that he shouldn’t join The Great War. But although he question what some of his choices were Nicholas still trusted him because he saved their son who was dealing with a sickness called hemophilia which no doctors could cure at the time, but Rasputin did know. After all the aches and pains, Aleksey got better.It is still a mystery how he did it to this day.
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The Legend of Rasputin

In December of 1916, Rasputin sent a letter to Nicholas about his death saying”I feel that I shall leave before January 1st.” Also saying that, “I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa (the Tsar), to the Russian Mother (the Tsarina) and to the Children what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, the Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood for twenty-five years and they will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no peace in the country. The Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigory has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then none of your children will remain alive for more than two years.” He also talked about how he that if they survive that Russia will fall and be destroyed by plague and famine. “Think of your blessed family. ” After Writing this letter he was invited to Yusupov palace where Yusupov, Dmitry Pavlovich, and Vladimir Purishkevich where part of parliament and were also either married to one of the Princesses or in parliament and just jealous of him. While he was served wine and cake, he didn’t know that they put a huge amount of cyanide in both to kill him. Hours went by and nothing happened so Yusupov pulled out his gun and shot him. After he was shot he would later get up and shot again in the back while running away. He was still alive. He was later beaten with a club by Yusupov and dumped into the Malaya Nevka River where he was still struggling to still live but he died of drowning. And just less than two years later, Nicholas and his family were all executed.

Contraversy

Although he was a "holy man" Rasputin's belief that salvation could only be achieved through sin lead him to do some terrible things. He started drinking, became alcoholic, abandoned his family and almost lived in the brothels. He raped, scammed, and destroyed. Even in his younger years he was a thug who would rob clergymen of their money.

Anthony's Reaction

While reading about Rasputin I had some back round knowledge of him that I always thought that he was just a monk who was helping the royal family of Russia and that he just had an amazing story of how he survived all these things. But I never knew how people believed he had magic powers and he was actually bad in the beginning that he did all these terrible things to people. But it was a really interesting project and I got learn all these big stories and "other" things that I never knew about him.

Chandler's Reaction

Before I started reading about Rasputin I thought he was going to be holy, and a saint because he came from a religious family and baptized. But I was wrong. Even though he changed after he became a monk, I dont think he could influence the government the way he did without being some sort of evil. I know that he influence the czarina in an unholy way, which is the reason why I dont think he was a holy man. But was cool to read about his amazing story of his death and life.

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