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1. Rasputin wasn't actually a monk.

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2. Rasputin wasn't the first mystic who held sway over the Tsar and Tsarina

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  • Tsarina Alexandra

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3. Rasputin "looked into" but was not a member of an underground religious sect that practiced self-flagellation and orgiastic rituals.

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  • Alexandra Feodorovna with her children, Rasputin and the nurse Maria Ivanova Vishnyakova

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4. Rasputin's presence really did help Alexei.

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  • Empress Alexandra Feodorovna with her son, the Tsarevich Alexei

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5. Rasputin might have predicted his own death and the murder of the Tsar's family.

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  • Tsar Nicholas with his family

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6. He survived one assassination attempt but never came back from the dead.

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  • Rasputin with bullet wound in forehead

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7. Some historians believe that Rasputin's assassination was related to a British spy plot.

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  • Basement of the Yusupov Palace

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8. Russia's royal family had faith in Rasputin until the very end.

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Published on 5 Jun 2018