This is Rasputin.
History has written him as a witch and demon.
Yet he was more than likely a great mystic and occultist.
He was loved by his daughter and never killed anyone.
The Poor Loved Him.
Stood against Russia’s Involvement World War I.
Saved and Healed (Somehow) The Tzar’s Son of Hemophilia.
Survived Several Assassination Attempts.
He was able to heal and predict the future.
He predicted his own death, and the certain fall of the Russian Tzar if it happened, pretty much to the day.
"I write and leave behind me this letter at St. Petersburg. I feel that I shall leave life before January 1. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa, to the Russian Mother and to the Children, to the land of Russia, what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years in Russia. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood, for twenty-five years they will not wash their hands from my blood. They will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no nobles in the country. Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigori has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then no one in the family, that is to say, none of your children or relations, will remain alive for more than two years. They will be killed by the Russian people. I go, and I feel in me the divine command to tell the Russian Tsar how he must live if I have disappeared. You must reflect and act prudently. Think of your safety and tell your relations that I have paid for them with my blood. I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living. Pray, pray, be strong, think of your blessed family."
written by Grigory Rasputin in a letter to the Tsarina Alexandra, 7 Dec 1916
Rasputin was poisoned, stabbed, shot and thrown into an icy river before eventually dying. He was found three days later. Frozen under the ice they found he was still fighting to live after being thrown in the icy water.
Was he an Evil Guy, a “Mad Monk”?
I see nothing to support that!
A sex addict and mystic?, yes! But Evil, No!
Rasputin is one of the most interesting men to ever live, and was killed before many more could see what else he knew.
His only crime I can see is that he was too close to the tzar and the political elite blamed him for bad Tzar decisions, and they killed him.
They were scared of his healing and predictions and therefor called him a witch.
……and everybody loves a witch hunt!
Frontispiece engraving from Urban Hjärne’s “Actorum Chemicorum Holmiensium” — 1758, with a modern coloration by Adam McLean
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren asks the right questions.