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Grigori Rasputin

TIME MACHINE POET OF THE WEEK

Grigori Rasputin

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Born 22 January 1869
Pokrovskoye, Siberia, Russian Empire
Died 29 or 30 December 1916 (aged 47)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire

Grigori Rasputin was a Russian mystic who ascended to the status of a nobleman through the connection of friend Emperor Nicholas II of Russia.  He is also credited with influencing the Russian revolution by helping to discredit Imperial Russian.  Self-proclaimed healer and monk, Rasputin through the use of hypnosis gained these ‘healing’ abilities.  St. Petersburg at-the-time operated as a hub for the occult and the mystic arts; Rasputin elevated the scene to his own form of showmanship.

He is widely known for the various assassination attempts on his life, most of which all took place in a period of one night in December of 1916.  Given his immense influence in Russian politics, Prince Felix Yusupov and two conspirators lured Rasputin to a dinner.  He was poisoned, shot, beaten, strangled and survived each encounter but finally, his conspirators tied him in a rug and tossed him into an icy river.  He broke out of the bondage and attempted to swim until he succumbed to the cold.

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For his work with the mystical realm, Grigori Rasputin is our TIME MACHINE POET OF THE WEEK.

  Read more about the attempts on his life here.

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