- Category : 1869-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (10,14,15,20)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Distraction 2
Russian Siberian peasant, a monk and mystic who became a great favorite of the court of the last Czar, exercising an undue influence. Introduced to Nicholas and Alexandra in 1907 to help their hemophiliac son, he was the only one who was able to successfully stop the boy's bleeding attacks and he soon gained the reputation of being a saint and healer. By 1911 he was thoroughly ensconced in royal favor. Rasputin met the tsar and his wife for the first time on 1 November 1905 OS in Peterhof at 4:00 pm. (P.70 quoted from the tsar's diary.)
Born in a village in Siberia, he left his home, wife and three kids in 1891 to follow a holy vision. He preached a doctrine of sin and the need to be saved, stressing the evil of the sins of the flesh. He not only gained a ministerial following but the noblewomen succumbed easily to his rough sexual approach. Bearded, with burning eyes, unwashed and licentious, away from the court he indulged in uninhibited debauchery. He lived the rest of his life apart from his family. His daughter wrote that he had a 13" phallus, which he apparently put to good use.
With powerful enemies in a court seething with intrigue, he was invited to a dinner by a few of the aristocracy on the late evening of 16 December 1916. According to Yusupov's account, Yusupov invited Rasputin to his home shortly after midnight, and ushered him into the basement. Yusupov offered Rasputin tea and cakes which had been laced with cyanide. At first, Rasputin refused the cakes, but then began to eat them. To Yusupov's surprise, Rasputin did not appear to be affected by the poison. Rasputin then asked for some Madeira wine (which had also been poisoned) and drank three glasses, but still showed no sign of distress. At around 2:30 am, Yusupov excused himself to go upstairs, where his fellow conspirators were waiting. Taking a revolver from Dmitry Pavlovich, Yusupov returned to the basement and, referring to a crucifix that was in the room, told Rasputin that he'd "better look at the crucifix and say a prayer," then shot him once in the chest. Believing him to be dead, they then drove to Rasputin's apartment, with Sukhotin wearing Rasputin's coat and hat, in an attempt to make it look as though Rasputin had returned home that night. Upon returning to the Moika Palace, Yusupov went back to the basement to ensure that Rasputin was dead. Suddenly, Rasputin leapt up and attacked Yusupov, who - with some effort - freed himself and fled upstairs. Rasputin followed, and made it into the palace's courtyard before being shot by Purishkevich and collapsing into a snowbank. The conspirators then wrapped Rasputin's body in cloth, drove it to the Petrovsky Bridge and dropped it into the Malaya Nevka River.