Grigori Rasputin

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Date of Birth January 21, 1869
Place of Birth Pokrovskoye, Russia
Date of Death Dec 30, 1916 (47)
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Grigori Rasputin

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Emperor Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia. Rasputin was born to a peasant family in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye in the Tyumensky Uyezd of Tobolsk Governorate. He had a religious conversion experience after taking a pilgrimage to a monastery in 1897. He has been described as a monk or as a "strannik", though he held no official position in the Russian Orthodox Church. He traveled to St. Petersburg in 1903 or the winter of 1904–05, where he captivated some church and social leaders. He became a society figure and met the tsar and Tsarina Alexandra in November 1905. In late 1906, Rasputin began acting as a healer for the only son of Tsar Nicholas II, Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia.

Native name: Григорий Ефимович Распутин
Church: Russian Orthodox Church
Birth name: Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin
Born: 21 January [O.S. 9 January]1869, Pokrovskoye, Tyumensky Uyezd, Tobolsk Governorate (Siberia), Russian Empire
Died: 30 December [O.S. 17 December]1916 (aged), Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Nationality: Russian
Parents: Yefim Rasputin, Anna Parshukova
Children: Dmitri (1895–1937), Maria (1898–1977), Varvara (1900–1925)
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About Grigori Rasputin

Russian mystic and advisor to Czar Nicholas II's wife Alexandra Fedorovna. The Russian people often blamed him for Russia's misfortunes at the beginning of the 20th century and many historians believe he played a significant role in increasing the Tsar's unpopularity, which in turn lead to the February Revolution of 1917.

Before Fame

He was enrolled in the Verkhoturye Monastery, but never completed his training.


He was thought to be able to cure the hemophilia of Alexei, the son of the Tsar of Russia.

Family Life

His daughter Maria Rasputin became a memoir writer.


The events of the February Revolution set in motion Vladimir Lenin's rise to power and the establishment of the Soviet Union.

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