The Unkillable Rasputin


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seen as a sexual deviant, and some called him the Devil or the Antichrist. And Felix Yusupov, a Russian prince and aristocrat,
knew he must be stopped. It would take poisoned wine and a bullet to
the head followed by a plunge into the icy Neva River to at last end the life of one
of Russia’s most controversial figures, the“Mad Monk,” otherwise known as the
Unkillable Rasputin. Grigori Yefimovich Novykh was born on January
21, 1869 to a family of peasants in Pokrovskoye, a tiny village in Siberia near the Tura River. His mother had seven other kids before Rasputin
came along, but some died as babies or during childhood. Rasputin’s siblings who survived past childhood
were named Dmitry, Maria and Varvara. There might have been a ninth daughter named
Feodiya, though. His dad, Yefim, was a peasant farmer with
a side gig of being a diplomatic courier — a fancy way of describing transporting people
and goods between Tobolsk, his small town, and Tyumen, a larger nearby city. Rasputin was considered a strange kid growing
up. People in his village thought he could have
visions and heal people. One record details how a young Rasputin was
once sick in bed and a group of peasants came to see if he could point out who out of them
had stolen a horse. He rose out of bed and pointed to the one
who was guilty. Turns out he had pointed out the right guy
because the accused was seen taking the horse out later in the night, according to the book
“Rasputin, A Short Life.” While this astonished the villagers, people
were wary of him — thinking he might be possessed by the Devil. He also had the ability to calm hysterical
animals, according to The Crime Books: Big Ideas Simply Explained. At this time in his youth though, he was more
notoriously known for stirring up trouble, being accused of getting into fist fights,
drinking too much and sexually assaulting girls in his village. He married Proskoyva Fyodorovna Dubrovina
when he was just a teenager — exactly what age though is unclear — and they had four
kids, but he cheated on her with women from all classes of society — from prostitutes
to women of higher social standing. He stumbled upon a monastery at Verkhoture
when he was 23, and trained to be a monk, eventually failing to become one, though. It was here that he also taught himself how
to read and write, then eventually went his own way. He became a wanderer who roamed to holy cities
in Jerusalem and Greece, subsisting off of donations. His nomadic existence got him the name strannik,
which roughly translates to wanderer or religious pilgrim in Russian. He eventually encountered the Khlysty Flagellants
sect, a breakaway of the Russian Orthodox Church. This sect was a cult that believed in achieving
“holy passionlessness” — or exhausting themselves through physical activities like
praying, dancing and spinning. They also did this with sex, partaking in
orgies. Rasputin simply called all of these activities
“driving out sin with sin.” His wanderings also took him to St. Petersburg,
Russia, and this was where his fame took off: After gaining attention for his religious
zeal and charisma from the Russian Orthodox clergy and members of the Imperial family,
they introduced him to Czar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra. Their son Alexei, who was heir to the throne,
had hemophilia, a hereditary condition that causes a person’s blood to not clot normally
and then leads to excessive bleeding. This disease can lead to death if not treated
or if it starts in the brain. Tsarina was panicked that he’d die before
assuming his position. Rasputin came to the boy’s aide and reportedly
spoke some prayers, was at his bedside and Alexei recovered despite the doctor’s grim
prognosis that he’d likely die from his condition. In addition to being Alexei’s healer, he
also served as the family’s spiritual advisor — being called their “holy man” and was revered
as a prophet. Alexandra went so far as to say she believed
God spoke to her through Rasputin. Rasputin’s rendezvouses with the royal family
did not go without rumors and scandal. There was talk that there was an affair happening
between Rasputin and Alexandra, but historian Douglas Smith, who wrote the book “Rasputin:
Faith, Power and the Twilight of the Romanovs,” dismisses these, saying in an interview: “There
is no truth to the stories about Rasputin and the Empress Alexandra having been lovers. Alexandra was quite a prudish, Victorian woman. There’s no way, and no proof, that she would
have looked to Rasputin for sex.” Smith further thought that people spreading
these rumors were mainly politically motivated. One side that wanted revolution and the overthrow
of the Romanovs spread these stories to make the royal family look corrupt, while the other
half thought their dealings with Rasputin were dangerous and that Rasputin himself was
dangerous. Smith also has his thoughts on what happened
during Rasputin’s so-called healing sessions with Alexei: He believed that instead of Rasputin
having mystical healing powers, his presence by the boy’s bedside influenced him into
getting better. Other historians think his mother being calmed
by his presence in turn made Alexei calm, which had a healing effect. Then some postulate that him deterring the
boy from being seen by doctors helped because they’d give him aspirin, which would thin
his blood and worsen his condition. Rasputin served as Alexei’s “healer”
again in 1912 after he’d developed a hemorrhage in his thigh and groin regions when he was
on a carriage ride and it jolted. This caused him to develop a hematoma that
resulted in pain and fever. Certain this would kill him, his mother asked
Anna Vyrubova, a Russian lady-in-waiting and right-hand woman to Tsarina Alexandra, to
send Rasputin a telegram while he was in Siberia with a message to simply pray for his son. Rasputin wrote back shortly after receiving
it, assuring Tsarina that “God has seen your tears and heard your prayers. Do not grieve. The Little One will not die. Do not allow the doctors to bother him too
much.” And now we get to the juicy details of why
Rasputin was dubbed “Unkillable.” The first single-handed attempt at killing
him was by a 33-year-old peasant woman named Chionya Guseva on July 12, 1914. After reading about him in the newspaper,
she came to the conjecture that he was the Antichrist and a false prophet. She stabbed him in the stomach outside his
home in Pokrovskoye, leaving a 14-inch-long gash that exposed his organs. Rasputin had to have a local doctor perform
an emergency surgery on him to save his life. The next assassination attempt, which we alluded
to earlier, was simply because Felix Yusupov wanted Rasputin out of the picture for his
own gain, and here’s why: Rasputin’s death meant Czar Nicholas II would have the opportunity
to make the royal family more powerful again because he’d be more influenced by his family
and take their advice. Rasputin gone also meant he could return from
being away in the military and live in Saint Petersburg to rule. It was December 30, 1916. Yusupov invited Rasputin over and fed him
cakes and wine that were poisoned with potassium cyanide. Rasputin was then shot three times, one of
which was a close shot to the forehead and another in his heart. Yusupov’s book, a memoir, recounts the experience
like this: “The Devil who was dying of poison, who had a bullet in his heart, must have been
raised from the dead by the powers of evil. There was something appalling and monstrous
in his diabolical refusal to die.” It took days for police to find his body because
the river had frozen to subzero temperatures. Rasputin’s legacy and political influence
stretched far beyond his death. Czar Nicholas II’s decision to go to the
frontlines was mainly at Rasputin’s behest because he was convinced the Russian army
would be nothing without his leadership in battle. Nicholas proved to be inept at war, so Rasputin
was wrong in his conjecture. Rasputin’s death also meant the Romanov
dynasty’s fate was extinction. Russia took an economic hit because the fifteen
million men who went to war meant a dip in their workforce and the food to subsist the
soldiers could’ve gone to citizens. Rasputin had been dead for over a year by
the time of the Russian Revolution in 1917, but his influence was still strong. The royal family’s influence meanwhile was
in complete shambles — they were imprisoned for six months on house arrest while the Bolshevik
government that had taken over figured out what to do with them. Six months later, the royal family was killed
by firing squad. Rasputin what was seemingly just a small peasant,
ended up being a force to be reckoned with and an influential part of its history — and,
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100 thoughts on “The Unkillable Rasputin

  1. There lived a certain man, in Russia long ago
    He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow

  2. He later climbed out of that river some time in the 70s and joined the soviets, he shortened his name to Putin and later became a wide spread name yet again

  3. When you played this video,Skip approximately 70 second,don’t ask why

  4. My comment is the 667th one.

    I'm about to say there was once 666 comments here.

  5. if you go to 7:10 the person driving The carriage looks like Rasputin-just without the beard

  6. I keep truths hidden because I do not want to offend any one at all. If I ever have on purpose or not. I apologize and only feel so sorry for myself for I was blind to your beauty. I love you all always no matter what happens ✝️😘✝️

  7. They never had thought there was no blood but now they know there wasn't

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  9. Rasputin is still alive he just removed ras from his name.Its a well known fact.

  10. Ra ra Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen, there was a cat that really was gone

  11. what would happen if a meter hit all our astroids but did't hit us?

  12. In Argentina we had our own unkillable. He was called Ambrosio Sandes.

  13. Literally you said the same things people say for Raid shadow legends

  14. Legends of tomorrow

    Am I a joke to you

    You only get this joke if you watched legends of tomorrow S5 ep 5

  15. Ra Ra Rasputin lover of the Russian queen

    there was a cat that really was gone

  16. smack
    Just a flesh wound.
    smacks some more
    Ok, this is getting annoying.

  17. I didn’t search this up but I love the story of Rasputin so I’m really glad I was recommended this.

  18. This video: exists
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  19. 9:12 aaaahhhh ok I just wanted to use the thing for seconds

  20. I'm pretty sure I heard he had a giant hog and they chopped it off and preserved it in a jar

  21. Do some African history or African figures seems grossly over looked

  22. TOP SECRET

    RASPUTIN NEVER DIED HE REMOVED RAS FROM HIS NAME AND CUTTED BEARD

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