Радиодрама в 2 частях. – BBC. Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Григо́рий Ефи́мович Распу́тин) ( January 22, 1869 [ January 10]– December 29, 1916 [ . December 16]) was a Russian mystic who held an influence in the later days of Russia's Romanov dynasty. Rasputin played an important role in the lives of the Tsar Nicholas II, his wife the Tsaritsa Alexandra, and their only son the Tsarevich Alexei, who suffered from haemophilia. Rasputin's connection with the Tsesarevich is what catapulted him into Russian politics. The Tsaritsa fearing for her son's life would not let him be dismissed again. After Germany declared war on Russia the Emperor went to his headquarters, then Rasputin was the Empress's chief confidant. Rasputin has often been called the Mad Monk or Icha; although the origins of the second name are not known (some assert this is a misapprehension of the diminutive Grisha for Grigori). He was never a monk and made no secret of being married. Some considered him to be a "strannik" (religious pilgrim) or even a starets (ста́рец) ("elder", a title usually reserved for monk-confessors) and believed him to be a psychic and faith healer. Rasputin was also caledl a "Holy Devil" by Iliodor (Sergei Trufanov) the monk-priest of Tsarytsin. He can be considered one of the more controversial characters in 20th century history, although Rasputin is viewed by most historians today as a scapegoat. For this and other reasons, he is perceived as playing a sensational role in the downfall of the Romanov dynasty. The legends recounting the death of Rasputin are perhaps even more bizarre than his strange life.
Yusupov's prime candidate for his murder was Grigori Rasputin. Even though the latter tried his best to befriend the Prince, the young man disliked him. Yusupov disliked Rasputin's crude peasant ways, especially the way he so cordially addressed the high members of society, and the way he embraced and fondled women, this was especially true of Munia Golovin the woman that was to marry Yusupov's dead brother. But it was through Munia and her mother that Yusupov met Rasputin. But the time of the murder Yusupov multiplied the reasons he had for killing Rasputin. Among his accomplices was a Dr. Purishkevich, who was active in the Red Cross and director of his own hospital train. Another accomplice was the Grand Duke Dimitri. The later, being a member of the royal household, was not subject to local authorities and assured Yusupov freedom from the law. The only one who could subject them to the enforcement of the law was the Emperor himself who later pardoned them and sent them into exile. The Prince invited Rasputin to a midnight tea on the pretense of meeting his wife Irina. He picked up Rasputin and the Doctor drove them to Yusupov's home where the Prince showed his guest into a cellar dinning room. There Rasputin ate cake and drank wine laced white cyanide while his host played American folk songs on a guitar. After making several trips upstairs to tell his accomplices the poison wasn't working and asking if the doctor had administered the right amount, Yusupov finally got tired of the whole affair and shot Rasputin. There were also other suggestions.
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