The Bizarre 1916 Murder Of Russian Mystic Rasputin

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After discovering a bloody boot on a frozen river, Russian policemen knew this story wouldn’t have a good ending. Indeed, what they found further downstream, floating in a crater in the ice, was the frozen body of one of Russia’s most infamous characters – Rasputin. A century later, the story of his death remains as fascinating as ever.

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Grigoriy Efimovich Rasputin is thought to have been born on January 10, 1869, in the West Siberian village of Pokrovskoye. Raised in a peasant family in Imperial Russia, it seemed he was destined for a life of hard labor and poverty. Nobody could have imagined his rise to one of the most powerful positions in the Russian Empire.

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At just 18, Rasputin took a religious direction in life, spending a few months at a monastery in the town of Verkhoturye. Upon his return to Pokrovskoye, he married Praskovia Fyodorovna. The pair had two girls and a boy together. But by this point, Rasputin had made up his mind to travel as a “strannik,” a sort of a pilgrim.

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