Of course, we all know that Rasputin was an evil Svengali- type who seduced the Russian queen, along with any other women he could hypnotize. We all know that so well, he now stars in a Just Dance video game episode:
Lover of the Russian queen…
We know that he was a schemer who claimed to be a monk, but was actually just an evil peasant who wanted to manipulate the Romanovs by faking healings of their son who was stricken with hemophilia.
Except we don’t KNOW any of this. It is highly unlikely he had an affair with the queen, he really did seem to heal the czaravich on several occasions (once from far away) and since he was murdered, he’s not around to defend himself.
The murder itself ascends into legend: He was supposedly poisoned, shot multiple times and then thrown into a frozen river-where he drowned. According to best evidence, he was shot twice, tried to get away and was shot in the forehead, interestingly, by a British weapon.
But why would people demonize Rasputin? Russia just before the Revolution was a crazy place with wild and ugly rumors flying about (read Tolstoy or Solzhenitsyn for some examples.). Rasputin was a pacifist, he thought Russia should not be involved in WWI, especially after seven million Russian casualties.
He had told the Romanovs that if they entered WWI, it would be the end of Russia as they knew it and the end of the royal family. Both turned out to be true.
Pro-war, anti-Czar forces loathed him and feared his access to the royal family. His murder followed a previous assassination attempt, when he was stabbed in the abdomen and almost died. He was living dangerously in dangerous times. Did he seduce women? Perhaps. The queen? Highly unlikely.
Was he a devil? Any time a human being is portrayed as a devil a red flag should pop up. WHO is saying this and do they have their own agenda? Who benefits?
Rasputin myths are an excellent example of long-lasting BS in action.
“Question everything.”-Albert Einstein