Archive for September, 2007

Grigori Rasputin

I first heard the name Rasputin on the TV show Seinfeld when somebody asked if naming a child Rasputin would have a negative effect on their lives. I have always liked the name since because I doubt that if I named a child Rasputin, he would not have one of those common names that you have about seven of in the same class at school.

So a few days ago I did some research on the name and found out about Grigori Rasputin, he sounds like a very interesting man. The music group Boney M sand a song about him named “Rasputin” which I really enjoy. Some called him the “mad monk” some said he was psychic and even a faith healer. He was a very controversial person, becoming involved in a political struggle involving monarchist, anti-monarchist, revolutionary and other political forces and interests.

He was accused by many persons of various misdeeds, ranging from an unrestricted sexual life (including raping a nun) to undue political domination over the royal family.

In the end of it he was assassinated on December 16, 1916. There was also a previous attempt at his assassination 1914, June 29 when a former prostitute, then monk (Khionia Guseva) stabbed him with a knife and screamed “I have killed the antichrist!”

Before his assassination he moved a huge amount of money into Maria’s (His Daughter’s) account and wrote this letter:

“I write and leave behind me this letter at St. Petersburg. I feel that I shall leave life before January 1. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa, to the Russian Mother and to the Children, to the land of Russia, what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years in Russia. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood, for twenty-five years they will not wash their hands from my blood. They will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no nobles in the country. Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigori has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then no one in the family, that is to say, none of your children or relations, will remain alive for more than two years. They will be killed by the Russian people. I go, and I feel in me the divine command to tell the Russian Tsar how he must live if I have disappeared. You must reflect and act prudently. Think of your safety and tell your relations that I have paid for them with my blood. I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living. Pray, pray, be strong, think of your blessed family. -Grigori”

Well, I must admit that this is not the best piece of information about him out together, but I just thought I would tell you about what I found interesting about him, if you would like to know more than just search his name and you will find much more information.

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