It’s perhaps a stretch… but if we allow ourselves a ‘what if’ speculation then it’s quick to realise Rasputin’s name deserves a place in our history books.
Who was this infamous man?
The story begins mid 19th century in Siberia. Rasputin was born under another name later adopting the name Rasputin. In Russian, Rasputin means the “debauched one”. He grew to be an enormous man, particularly for his time, reaching 192 cm. His height, along with other things, sparked rumours his male member was in equal proportion.
Rasputin had made a name for himself as a nuisance in his Siberian hometown. His hobbies included bar fights, mischief and casually sleeping around. He ended up marrying a local girl and having children, but he would end up leaving them, or rather put them aside for the ‘greater cause’.
The Light Of Infamy
At a young and impressionable age Rasputin came the Khlysty (Flagellants) cult. Rasputin took on the cult’s beliefs as his own, he put forward a lot of sexual emphasis on spirituality, which later showed important.
Rasputin’s claim on behalf of the cult essentially proclaimed that having sex, particularly with him, could help you in various ways both physically and mentally. This was a rather outrageous proposition to digest, you can imagine especially for the time.
Orthodox Russia was a country devoted to their church and values. It is difficult to see how Rasputin navigated through these crowds. He started travelling around Russia, promoting his unorthodox methods with ultimate goal being destination St. Petersburg.
In the early 19-hundreds (dating the time of this affair) The Tsar (Czar) Nicolas II, is married to Alexandra, a German princess. Together, the two constituted the royal monarchy of Russia. Among their five children included Anastasia (who herself is urban legend and surrounded by mystic) and then their son, Alexis, heir to the throne.
Alexis suffered from haemophilia, a blood disease disables the ability to form blood clots. The consequence being, that if little Alexis would cut himself the blood would continue to bleed until he bled out, he was extremely fragile.
Naturally, his parents, The Tzars, were devastated and sought the best professional help available to them at the time. The doctors were unable to identify the cause of Alexis suffering and mistakingly diagnosed him. Upon misdiagnoses, the medicine given to Alexis acted as a blood thinner, which only proved to further propagate his sickly illness.
Rasputin Arrives In The Capital
Rasputin reached St. Petersburg in 1903, he had by this time earned a reputation for the occult and mysticism which immediately gained him popularity.
The public embraced this giant, smelly, odd man from Siberia and so quickly, just two years after arriving in St. Petersburg, Rasputin was introduced to the Tzar family. This yielded incredible success for Rasputin and worked to legitimise his preachings.
Alexandra, the Tsarina, immediately took a liking to Rasputin. During one of her sons’ episodes Alexandra summoned Rasputin to aid her son. Rasputin started off by sending off all the doctors (and their medicine). He proceeded to ‘work his magic on young Alexis’ and his ‘healing’ seemed to work.
Rasputin’s success in treating Alexis offered him the full confidence of Alexandra. This caused the Russian population to speculate and ridicule the Tsarina. They believed that she and Rasputin were having an affair.
This is not confirmed but considering his reputation and what he was preaching, it is entirely possible. But, we will never know.
“He remained preaching and still proclaimed that having sex with him had holy and purifying effects.”
As mentioned before concerning Alexis condition, the doctors were actually making Alexis more sick. Therefore, ironically enough, Rasputin actually was making the boy better, but through no work of his own. By simply expelling the doctors from the room, the removal of misdiagnosed medicine was enough to see the poor boy’s condition improve. Rasputin remained to take credit.
Alexis parents were impressed and Rasputin had earned a place as royals the closest adviser.He remained preaching and still proclaimed that having sex with him had holy and purifying effects. This did upset the Russian elite and Rasputin was eventually expelled. But Alexandra insisted on bringing him back, for her sons’ sake.
The Once Bright Future For Rasputin Turns Dark
Rasputin had one of the most desirable role in Russia. He was the right hand of the royal family and had huge influence on the Russian politics.
Consequently, and unsurprising, Rasputin gained over his years a lot of enemies. He misused his position of power to appoint incompetent ministers and his military understanding was inept. The growing content for his influence resulted in several murder attempts on his life.
A small group of conservatives formed a conspiracy; to kill Rasputin and save the Russian monarchy. At the time the monarchy was hanging by a thread. The group lured Rasputin over for tea and cake. They set a trap to poison him.
The group waited for Rasputin to collapse in front of them, but he did not. One of them got impatient and took a gun and pulled the trigger. The bullet hit Rasputin, but it did not kill him. Instead, Rasputin was able to run out on the court yard, probably desperate to find assistance. But, he got shot again and this time he was not able to run away and he was caught. The group bound him and made a hole in the deep ice then threw Rasputin underneath it. The final and ultimate cause of death was drowning.
This story of difficultly in killing has further added mystic to the legend of the giant Siberian man.
The Fall Of The Russian Elite
The Russian elites’ decadent way of life caused an uprise in the Russian population. The Russian people were starving and forced into war.
A few weeks after the death of Rasputin the Russian Revolution started. Heads of the Royal family would soon be rolling, but rumours have it Anastasia survived. This was perpetuated by claimants later on. However, this is not true.
After the Soviet Union, all the remains of the last Romanov family were finally found, marking the end to their 300 year dynasty . Out of the revolution mayhem, Lenin would grasp Russia with an iron fist and a new chapter of Russian history should be written.
Would this have happened without Rasputin’s influence? How much of a role did he play in causing unrest among the Russia populous?
I don’t think it is fair to place all the blame on Rasputin, Russia was unkempt before that. In the early 1900 there had been a minor revolution, with the Tzar shooting the protesters. Perhaps ,this was the turning point for the Russian people. But one thing is certain, Rasputin was the final nail in the coffin towards a Soviet future. Rasputin made the 300 year old legacy of the Tzar family look foolish, stupid and unfit to rule Russia and therefore it may well be because of Rasputin, that the Tsars fell, and the Soviets took over.Follow my blog with Bloglovin