Unholy Rasputin

Nearly a century has passed since he walked amongst the living, but people still ask, “Who was Rasputin?”   Grigori Yefemovich arrived in St. Petersburg in 1903. His strange appeal introduced him to circles of society to which no peasant ever rose. It’s hard for anyone living now to understand how remarkable Rasputin’s story really is. A…

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The Sorrows of the Romanovs; Enter Rasputin

The long-awaited heir had arrived. Alexei Romanov was born in 1904, to the nation’s great relief and the joy of his parents, Tsar Nicholas and the Empress Alexandra. But the joy of the Russian royals was short-lived. Thanks to an unlucky inheritance passed down to him from his great-grandmother Queen Victoria, Alexei inherited hemophilia, a…

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