Rasputin also reportedly had a child with another woman.
Rasputin reportedly showed indications of supernatural powers throughout his childhood.
Alexandra even came to believe that God spoke to her through Rasputin.
Nobles in influential positions around the Tsar, as well as some parties of the Duma, clamored for Rasputin's removal from the court.
Rasputin survived one assassination attempt and almost survived a second, in which he was reportedly poisoned, shot, and left for dead, shot again when he revived, beaten, and drowned.
The Holy Synod frequently criticized Rasputin, accusing him of a variety of immoral or evil practices.
In 1903, Rasputin arrived in Saint Petersburg, where he gradually gained a reputation as a starets (holy man) with healing and prophetical powers.
After being hit three times in the back, Rasputin fell once more.
Rasputin then claimed that he had a revelation that the Russian armies would not be successful until the Tsar personally took command.
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Numerous reports indicate that whenever the boy had an injury which caused him internal or external bleeding, the Tsaritsa called on Rasputin, and the Tsarevich subsequently got better.
Rasputin also gathered a circle of followers and admirers in the capital.
Three days later, the body of Rasputin, shot four times and badly beaten, was recovered from the Neva River and autopsied.
Suspicions that Rasputin was one of the Khlysts threatened his reputation until the end of his life.
Rasputin soon became a controversial figure, and was caught up in a sharp political struggle involving monarchist, anti-monarchist, revolutionary, and other political forces and interests.
Rasputin was deeply opposed to war, both from a moral point of view and as something which was likely to lead to political catastrophe.
Contemporary opinions saw Rasputin variously as a saintly holy man, visionary, healer, and prophet, and—on the other side of the coin—as a debauched religious charlatan, or "mad monk."
Rasputin was born into a peasant family in the small village of Pokrovskoye, along the Tura River in the Tobolsk guberniya (now Tyumen Oblast) in Siberia.
All three sources agree that Rasputin had been shot, systematically beaten, and attacked with a bladed weapon.
In 1905, Rasputin was approached to help the Tsarevich Alexei, who suffered from a serous case of hemophilia.
Makariy had a major influence on him and became a model for Rasputin's spirituality and demeanor.
According to Rasputin's daughter, Maria, Rasputin did "look into" the Khlysty sect, but rejected it.
Subsequently, the Empress Alexandra buried Rasputin's body in the grounds of Tsarskoye Selo.
Like many spiritually-minded Russians, Rasputin spoke of salvation as depending less on the clergy and the church than on seeking the spirit of God within.
The Tsar referred to Rasputin as "our friend" and a "holy man," a sign of the trust that the family placed in him.
Rasputin seems to have foreseen his death and left a prophetic letter predicting its consequences.
Shortly after leaving the monastery, Rasputin met a holy man, or starets, named Makariy, whose hut was nearby.
To Westerners, Rasputin came to be the embodiment of the stereotypes attributed to the Russian people in those times, backwardness, superstition, irrationality, and licentiousness.
A movement even exists to seek the canonization of Rasputin, but this has been condemned by the Moscow Patriarchate.
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When he did so, Rasputin opened his eyes, grabbed Yusupov by the throat and strangled him.
The murder of Rasputin has become legend, some of it apparently invented by the very men who killed him.
Guseva thrust a knife into Rasputin's abdomen, and his entrails hung out of what seemed like a mortal wound.
Rasputin also encountered the banned Christian sect known as the Khlysty (flagellants), whose impassioned services, ending in physical exhaustion, were infamous, spawning widespread rumors that religious and sexual ecstasy were combined in these rituals.
Determined to finish the job, Yusupov became anxious about the possibility that Rasputin might live until the morning, which would leave the conspirators with no time to conceal his body.
Rasputin became the focus of accusations of unpatriotic influence at court.
Rasputin married Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina in 1889, and they had three children, named Dmitri, Varvara, and Maria.
To others, Rasputin remained a symbol of the voice of the peasantry, and many to this day reject the negative stories and honor the man.
Rasputin fell, and the company left the palace.
Many at the time laid the blame on Alexandra and Rasputin, and rumors began to circulate that they were sexually intimate as well.
Rasputin had a considerable personal and political influence on Alexandra, and both the the Tsar and Tsaritsa considered him a prophet.
Yusupov ran upstairs to consult the others and then came back down to shoot Rasputin through the back with a revolver.
The family soon developed a dependency on Rasputin, and he began to act as its spiritual adviser.
When Rasputin expressed an interest in going to the front to bless the troops early in the war, the Commander-in-Chief, Grand Duke Nicholas, threatened to hang him if he dared to show up there.
Documents have surfaced recently revealing Rasputin's birth date as January 10, 1869.
The fatalities affected Rasputin, and he subsequently named his two children Maria and Dmitri.