Did he enter the court as a healer, or a lover? (Picture: Getty)
Grigori Rasputin, or the Mad Monk of Tobolsk, is now mainly known as ‘Russia’s greatest love machine’ thanks to the hit Boney M song about the mystic.
He was brought into the Russian royal court before their assassination in 1918, ostensibly under the direction of the Tsarina, Alexandra Feodorovna – to help ‘heal’ her haemophiliac son, Alexei.
Rasputin was already known as a charming but dangerous man, with a host of followers. This reputation led to rumours that he was actually the lover of the Tsarina, although scholars are divided on how true the claims are.
The self-styled holy man has been the subject of multiple rumours since his death. As the (very bingeable) The Last Czars continues to trend on Netflix, it’s time to sort the facts from the fiction.
How did Rasputin die?
Rasputin’s death reads like the script of a horror film. The outbreak of war in 1914 meant tensions were high in royal circles, and after eleven years in the Russian court, the mystic had as many enemies as he did supporters.
Rasputin was thought to have mystical healing powers (Picture: Getty)
Despite being warned that his murder was imminent, on December 30, 1916, Rasputin visited a group of nobles – who took him to a basement and served him cakes laced with cyanide.
As with everything surrounding the spooky priest, the accounts from here vary – but it’s said the poison had no effect on him. He ran to leave the building, and was shot four times, with at least one wound inflicted from a point-blank range.
His body was later found in the freezing River Neva, with some believing that even the gunshot wounds weren’t enough to kill him, so the assassins had to resort to drowning.
The exact cause of death is disputed, but it seems likely Rasputin had already died before he entered the water. Either way, it would have been a grisly death.
Rasputin was brought into the royal court of Tsar Nicholas II to heal his son. (Picture: Getty)What was Rasputin’s height?
The mystic was known for being incredibly tall – 1.93m to be exact, or 6 ft 3 inches.
In comparison, Communist leader Vladimir Lenin, was 1.65m (5 ft 4 inches), and the Tsar, Nicolas II, stood at 1.7m (5ft 5 inches).
It seems Rasputin was well aware of his unique appearance, posing in photographs to emphasis his dramatic dark eyes and imposing stature.
Where is Rasputin’s penis?
Legend has it, Rasputin’s penis is floating in a pickle jar in the Museum of Erotica in St Petersburg, Russia.
Rasputin was popular with the ladies (Picture: Getty)
However, experts are divided about how legit it is.
While it’s not scientifically proven to be his, the body part is over 30cm (11.8 inches) long. It was allegedly sold to the museum in 1977 by Rasputin’s lion-tamer daughter, Maria.
Known for his charm and powers of seduction, it’s little wonder that Rasputin’s penis became a …read more
Source:: Metro News
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