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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin
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Grigori Rasputin
Born 10 January 1869(1869-01-10)
Died 17 December 1916 (aged 47)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Cause of death Homicide
Nationality Russian
Other names The Mad Monk
The Black Monk
Title Father Grigori
Spouse(s) Praskovia Fedorovna Dubrovina
Children Dmitri (1897-1937)
Matryona (1898-1977)
Varvara (1900)
one illegitimate child

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (January 10, 1869 - December 17, 1916) was a Russian peasant, mystical faith healer and a religious pilgrim.[1] He was also known as the 'Mad Monk', but was not a monk who lived in a monastery.

Rasputin had a lot of influence over the lives of Tsar Nicholas II, who was the leader of Russia. His wife, the Tsarina Alexandra, believed that Rasputin was the answer to her prayers.[1] The Tsar and Tsarina talked with Rasputin about their worries and asked for advice.

Their only son, Tsarevich Alexei, was the heir to the throne. Alexei was very sick most of the time. He had hemophelia and it caused bad bleeding even with minor injuries. Rasputin seemed to be the only person who could heal him.[1]

Because of this influence, the Tsar and his family began to trust Rasputin more with important decisions. Rasputin made some very bad decisions, including telling the Tsar to go out and personally lead his country's army, which was fighting in World War I.

Some Russians became very worried about what Rasputin was doing to Russia with his decisions, and tried to kill him. It took them several tries that failed before Rasputin died. Poison was put in his wine but after a long time went by, Rasputin was not even sick. Next, he was shot but this did not kill him either. He staggered out of the palace still alive. Rasputin was chased and shot again in the back, but they finally threw his body into the Neva River to kill him.[1]