Profile of the Day: Grigori Rasputin

Posted January 10, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

Grigori Rasputin

On January 10, 1869, mystic Grigori Rasputin was born. Rasputin held the prominent role of adviser to the Romanov family in Russia. He soon became a controversial figure due to his dissolute lifestyle and dominance over the royal family. In 1916, Rasputin was killed by a group of nobles who believed his influence over the Romanov family was a great threat to the empire.


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  • Chana Dvora

    Actually, if you read “Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History” by Delin Colon, you’ll learn that his lifestyle wasn’t as dissolute, nor his influence over the royals as powerful as the perpetrated myth would have you believe.  One of the reasons he was so hated by the notoriously antisemitic aristocrats was that he advocated equal rights for the Jews who were confined to a ghetto and stripped of civil rights.  

    The nobility’s accusations of his drinking and womanizing are hypocritical, considering that they themselves consumed French champagne and vodka by the case, and venereal disease was rampant among them due to their own promiscuity. (check out all the newspaper adverts of the time for cures for venereal diseases) Some scholars say that had Rasputin been born a noble, any accusations of drinking or womanizing would have been disregarded and simply considered normal.  In addition, it was discovered that the authorities dressed men as Rasputin and ordered them to go to taverns, get drunk and cause a commotion, in order to discredit him to the Czar. The only problem was they didn’t check to see if Rasputin was with the Czar at the times and dates of the reports… which is how their ruse was discovered.

    The influence he had over the Czar was very minimal, except in spiritual matters.  Rasputin wanted the Czar to accord the Jews equal rights, permitting them educations, their choice of occupations and place of residence… basically, the same freedoms most other Russians had.  The Czar, as one biographer put it, was phobic about Jews.  Rasputin was also anti-war and and begged the Czar not to get involved in WW I.  Nicholas II didn’t heed him then either, proving how minimal Rasputin’s influence was.

    The real difference between them was that the Czar sanctioned the ‘pogroms’, the regular raids where entire villages of Jews were tortured and slaughtered, while Rasputin never harmed nor even killed a single soul in his life. The Czar was responsible for the deaths of many innocents.

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