Grigori Rasputin

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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin

Grigori Rasputin
Born 22 January 1869(1869-01-22)
Pokrovskoye, Siberia, Russian Empire
Died 29 December 1916(1916-12-29) (aged 47)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Cause of death Homicide
Nationality Russian
Other names The Mad Monk
The Black Monk
Title Father Grigori
Religion Russian Orthodox
Spouse Praskovia Fedorovna Dubrovina
Children Dmitri (1897-1937)
Matryona (1898-1977)
Varvara (1900)
one illegitimate child

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (January 10, 1869 - December 16, 1916), also known as the 'Mad Monk', was not a monk, but a Russian religious pilgrim. He was believed to have been a faith healer. Rasputin played a part in the lives of the Tsar Nicholas II who was the leader of Russia, his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra and their only son, the Tsarevich Alexei. Alexei was often sick, and Rasputin seemed to be the only person who could heal him. Because of this, 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 before Rasputin died. He died after being shot three times and was then wrapped in a curtain and thrown into a river.