In pre-revolutionary Russia, there was no one more divisive than this megalomaniac mystic, a peasant who reached his way to the heights of Imperial Russia, only to oversee its destruction. Jonny Wilkes explores his life and influence, and the legends that still surround him, for BBC History Reveales.
Timothy Dickinson tells the tale of Rasputin as only he can.
On a night in 1916, Russian aristocrats set a plot of assassination into motion. If all went as planned, a man would be dead by morning, though others had already tried and failed. The monarchy was on the brink of collapse, and they believed this man was the single cause of it all. Who was he, and why was he to blame for the fate of an empire? Eden Girma explores the life of the notorious Rasputin.
A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. The spectre of the lustful Siberian holy man and peasant still casts its eerie shadow over Russia's bloody twentieth century. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra's confidant and guardian of the sickly heir to the throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet. Even during his lifetime Rasputin was shrouded in myth and his true story remains obscure today.
The movie chronicles the events of history's "man of mystery," Rasputin. Although not quite historically accurate and little emphasis is put on the politics of the day, Rasputin's rise to power and eventual assassination are depicted in an attempt to explain his extraordinary power and influence.
Learn about the downfall of the Romanov dynasty and the evolution of Lenin's Ulyanov family, the Bolsheviks, communism, the notorious Rasputin, rumors of cannibalism and acute poverty during the Russian Revolution.
Rasputin- The man and the Myth Doug Smith is an award-winning historian and translator. He is the author of five books on Russia. His last book Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy won the Pushkin House Russian Prize in 2013. His new book is Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs published by Macmillian.
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After failing to become a monk, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin became a wanderer and eventually entered the court of Czar Nicholas II because of his alleged healing abilities. Known for his prophetic powers, he became a favorite of the Nicholas's wife, Alexandra Feodorovna, but his political influence was minor. Rasputin became swept up in the events of the Russian Revolution and met a brutal death at the hands of assassins in 1916.