Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin
(22 January 1869 â€“ 29 December 1916)
was a Russian mystic and advisor to the Romanovs, the Russian Imperial family. Some people called Rasputin the "Mad Monk", although he was never officially connected to the Orthodox Church; others considered him a "strannik" (or pilgrim) wandering from cloister to cloister. He is even regarded as a starets (ÑÑ‚Ð°ÌÑ€ÐµÑ†, "elder", a title usually reserved for monk-confessors), believing him to be a psychic and faith healer. He impressed many people with his knowledge and ability to explain the Bible in an uncomplicated way.
In 1907 Rasputin was invited for the first time by Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra as a healer for their only son, Tsarevich Alexei, who suffered from hemophilia. It is supposed he became an influential figure in the later years of the Tsar's reign, especially after September 1915. It has been argued that Rasputin helped to discredit the tsarist family, leading to the fall of the Romanov dynasty in February 1917. The Tsarina and her family saw Rasputin variously as a saintly mystic, visionary, healer and prophet but his enemies, as a debauched religious charlatan, heavily interested in sexual relations with his followers. There has been much uncertainty over Rasputin's life and influence, as accounts have often been based on dubious memoirs, hearsay and legend. In Russia he is nowadays seen by many people and clerics, among them Elder Nikolay Guryanov as a righteous man.
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