The infamous Grigory Yefimovich Novykh came into this world as a peasant sometime around 1869 in the village of Pokrovskoe. Although not much is known
about the beginning of his life, he earned the better-known name of Rasputin, which means debaucher, do to his wild youth of drunkenness, stealing and
womanizing. On one of his Ďescapadesí it is said that he experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary.
Around the age of eighteen, Rasputin joined the outlawed heretical Khlysty (Flagellants) sect that believed the way to purge sin was to completely
exhaust oneís self by indulging in it. This, as you could imagine, must have sounded like heaven to a sexually obsessed individual like Rasputin. He
later traveled to various Orthodox Christian centers taking his one man sex show on the road and soon became known as a Staretz or holy man/healer as
well as a hypnotist and a prophet. Reports of his healing ability from this time are scant at best.
Rasputinís most well known display of his healing ability took place when he seemed to miraculously cure Alexis, the son of Czar Nicholas II and wife
Alexandra, of Hemophilia, bleeding disorder where the personís blood takes a long time to clot and abnormal bleeding occurs. Whether this was actually
a supernatural act is still of much debate. Some claim that Rasputin hypnotized Alexis into somehow stopping the bleeding himself. While others
believe that it was not hemophilia, but that he suffered from Aplastic Crisis.
WHAT IS AN APLASTIC CRISIS?
An aplastic crisis is an infection caused by parvovirus B19. It causes production of red blood cells (RBC's) to be shut down for 10 days. This means
that RBC's are not being made during this period. Because the RBC's in children with sickle cell anemia live only 10-15 days (compared to 120 days
in children who do not have sickle cell anemia), the blood count (hemoglobin & hematocrit) drops rapidly to dangerously low levels during the
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
Most often a blood transfusion is given to raise your child's blood count until the body starts making its own RBC's again. Occasionally it is
necessary to hospitalize a child during an aplastic crisis.
Whatever the reason, Rasputin gained the respect and admiration of Alexisís mother, Alexandra, and, according to a 500 page secret file compiled by
the Bolsheviks, her love as well.
One telegram from her to him dated Dec 7, 1914, says: "Today I shall be back in eight days. I sacrifice my husband and my heart to you. Pray and
bless. Love and kisses - darling." Another, two years later, sent only a fortnight before Rasputin's murder by a nobleman angry at his influence at
court, reads: "You have not written anything. I have missed you terribly. Come soon. Pray for Nicholas [her husband]. Kisses - darling."
This affair did not go unnoticed as rumors rang through St. Petersburg not only of sexual encounters with Alexandra, but also of Rasputin and each of
her four daughters. Tsar Nicholas quickly summoned Rasputin and as punishment sent him back to the provinces. However when Alexis had another near
fatal bleeding incident, Rasputin was allowed to stay.
Rasputin's influence over the boy guaranteed the monk's return to St. Petersburg. His position within the imperial circle was never again
challenged. Alexandra grew completely dependent on the man, who not only became her son's faith healer, but also the Empress' confidant. The evil
monk's presence among the Tsar and his family would further alienate them from the capital and all those circles that had traditionally been the
mainstay of tsarism. Nicholas and Alexandra were doomed from that point on.
Rasputinís death was of interest as well. One aspect of this came in the form of a letter he wrote in which he foresaw his own death as well as the
demise of the royal family. Two months after his death, the Bolsheviks killed the entire family. The following is a copy of that letter.
"I write and leave behind me this letter at St. Petersburg. I feel that I shall leave life before January 1...If I am killed by common assassins, and
especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you Tsar of Russia, have nothing to fear, remain on your throne and govern, and you, Russian Tsar,
will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years in Russia...if it was your relations who have wrought my death,
then no one in the family, that is to say, none of your children or relations, will remain alive for more than two years. They will be killed by the
Russian people...You must reflect and act prudently. Think of your safety and tell your relations that I have paid for them with my blood. I shall be
killed. I am no longer among the living."
Pray, pray, be strong,
think of your blessed family.
His actual death on the night of the 29/30 of December 1916 was quite strange also because he was poisoned, which was ineffective, shot several times
and beaten before being thrown into and icy river where he struggled to undo his bonds before succumbing to drowning. The murders and conspiritors
were of the members of the St. Petersburg elite as well as Prince Felix Yusupov, Vladimir Purishkevich and the Tsar's cousin, Grand Duke Dmitri
[edit on 6-8-2004 by Jonna]