10 Facts About the Mad Monk Grigori Rasputin

The Romanovs were the last imperial family in Russia, lead by Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra before the revolution in 1917. The Tsarina believed strongly in the supernatural, which lead her to hire a monk as her spiritual advisor. That monk was Grigori Rasputin.

10. He Was a Prodigy

Grigori Rasputin (pictured here with his children) grew up as a peasant in a small Siberian village called Pokrovskoye. His entire family was an illiterate farming family, and they had a reputation for being horse thieves. As a child, Rasputin claimed to have healing powers, and he could also see into the future. At that time in Russia, the occult was actually in fashion. So, Instead of burning him at the stake for witchcraft, these peasants in the village simply accepted that he actually had incredible healing powers. This allowed him to get away with swearing, stealing, drinking, sleeping around, and generally being a terrible person.

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