By: Adam Kierzek
Who was Rasputin?
Between 1906 and 1914, politicians and journalists used this encounter with the royal family to wear away the dynasty’s credibility and push for reform. Rasputin helped their efforts by claiming to be the Czarina’s advisor, but this behavior enraged the press, and the state officials. Truthfully, at this time, Rasputin's influence was limited to the health of Alexis.
World War 1
On the night of December 29, 1916, Prince Felix, invited Rasputin to his palace for dinner. Little did Rasputin know, Prince Felix hated Rasputin for trying to steal his wife. So the Prince fed him wine and cakes filled with cyanide. Enough to kill 5 men.But the poison seemed to have no effect on him. Confused, The Prince and some of his friends led Rasputin to the basement where they shot him multiple times. He was then wrapped in a carpet and thrown into the Neva River, where it was discovered three days later.
They found that shortly before his death, he wrote to Nicholas, saying that if he were killed by government officials, the entire imperial family would be killed by the Russian people. This came true 15 months later, when the czar, his wife and all of their children were murdered by assassins involved with the Russian Revolution.
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