Rasputin’s Last Illness

A particularly sinister character with a history full of anecdotal events was Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, who was born on January 21, 1869 and who was assassinated on a day like today, December 30, 1916, in Tsarist Russia, shortly before the revolution. . The mention of the term murder, would imply something definitive without replicas or discussion; however, there is an unresolved debate that establishes a series of doubts about the death that are worth mentioning.

He was born in a Siberian town called Pokróvskoye, being the fifth child of nine, of which only two survived: a sister named Feodosia and him, due to the particularly difficult conditions in that region of the world. In the midst of poverty as inclement as those offered by the Siberian environment, he never went to school and although the information about his childhood is obscure, what is known is surely biased and unreal information that was transmitted by his daughter Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina (1898 – 1977).

What can be deduced is that Grigori Rasputin had a personality that did not enjoy physical attractiveness (a condition easily perceptible in the photographs of the time), but that powerfully drew attention due to his height, remarkable corpulence, and penetrating and elusive gaze. intimidating, centered on eyes of a deep, intense blue. However, beyond this impressive physique, he had an outstanding intelligence that he took advantage of to exert a remarkable influence on everyone who came to know him.

A particularly troubled adolescence was transformed by his marriage to Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina, three years his senior and with whom he had three children: Dmitri, Varvara and Maria. Two children before them died very young.

But in 1892, Rasputin suddenly left his village, wife, children, and parents. Wandering he came to a monastery; later he joined a Christian sect condemned by the Russian Orthodox Church which marked him for life, to finally wander living as a hermit until he converted and returned to his house, divulging supernatural powers and calling himself “enlightened”.

With a charismatic personality and outstanding oratory ability, he was gaining fame in the region, spreading legends around him that reached the ears of the Russian high aristocracy. Alexandra Fiódorovna Románova (1872 – 1918), the last Empress of Russia, had a son named Alekséi Nikolayevich Románov (1904 – 1918) who suffered from a blood disease called Hemophilia, characterized by a decrease in blood coagulation, which it conditioned fatal bleeding with the minimum injury. The stories lose their veracity due to the innumerable rumors that revolved around these events, the truth is that the mother, desperate for the imminent death of her son due to loss of blood, turned to Rasputin who surely perceived that the medical treatments implied some therapy with anticoagulant effects, recommending suspending these therapeutic measures and making the child improve only with prayers and hypnosis. This fact was decisive so that Rasputin could enter the Russian court and have a radical change of life. There is talk that he had a penis of remarkable size, currently exhibited in Saint Petersburg, (whose authenticity has not been properly demonstrated), which accentuates legends about his sexual capacity, but mainly because of the influence he exerted on the high aristocracy through predictions. , premonitions, visions or predictions about the fate of Russia. Of course the nobles felt that his interests were threatened and this generated a feeling of hostility that would culminate in an assassination plan.

A series of surprising events happened with this conspiracy. Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov (1887 – 1967) led the assassination, tricking Rasputin into his palace. He offered her wine at a banquet, but above all pasta and bread poisoned with cyanide, in remarkably high doses and more than lethal to kill a human being. The effect of this substance lasts for a period that varies from 30 to 50 minutes, however, Rasputin only experienced a slight discomfort and not only continued eating, but also happy due to the effect of the wine, he took up a guitar playing and singing Russian folk songs. Yusupov’s murderer, desperately sought support, receiving the recommendation to shoot him because they came to believe in the immortality of this individual. He first shot her in the back. Already on the floor and believing that he was dead, he approached when suddenly Rasputin took his arm and cursed him. Surprised by this sudden reaction, stepping back, he allowed the wounded man to get up and flee into the snow-filled courtyard. They fired at him again, hitting him in the shoulder, causing him to turn to face him so that he was shot in the head. Already convinced that he was dead, they threw him into a river called Neva, whose icy waters transported him to the shore, where he was found. Unbelievable as it may seem, when an autopsy was carried out, it was revealed that the cause of death was not cyanide poisoning or gunshot wounds, but drowning and hypothermia from immersion in the icy water.

In one of his most representative phrases he expressed that: The most heinous sins should be committed, because God will be more pleased to forgive the great sinners and although many of the narrations of his life cannot be proven, his figure has fed countless legends, myths, inventions and fantasies. The truth is that all the elements that give shape to his life reflect a Russian monarchy in decline that shortly after would give rise to the Russian Revolution that would mark a true watershed in history and above all in a vision of society that would provoke a change in the world.

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