Grigori Rasputin

In 1917, the Russian Revolution resulted in the wipe out of the Tsarist Autocracy, and the replacement of the Tsar, Nicholas Romanov with a Provisional Government1. The Russian Revolution and fall of the Romanov Dynasty was heavily influence by Rasputin, who, according to The Discovery Chanel’s documentary, ‘The Most Evil Men in History’, he “was known as the most infamous monk in history”.2
Gregory Efimovich (source A.), was born on the 10 January 1872 in Pokrovskoye, a remote village in Siberia.   By the time Gregory Efimovich was a teenager, everyone in Pokrovskoye knew who he was.
Source A, image of Rasputin taken between 1914-1916.
He had rapidly developed his reputation as the leader of a teen gang, and was known as a ‘thief, drunk and womanizer’3. By this time, he had adopted the name Rasputin. According to Professor Orlando Figes “His name comes from the Russian word ‘reput me’, which means dissolute [overly part taking in physical pleasures to an extent that it is seen as immoral or harmful]”.
Due to his reputation, Rasputin was no longer welcome in Church; therefore he set out looking for an alternative way to God, as it soon became evident that Rasputin had grown a great interest and a deep sense of spirituality.
Colin Wilson, author of Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs states in her novel,   “Myths surrounding Rasputin portray him as showing indications of supernatural powers throughout his childhood. One example of these supposed powers was when Rasputin’s father, had one of his horses stolen, and it was claimed that Rasputin was able to identify the man who had omitted theft.” 4 Rasputin’s spirituality grew and soon he became known as a mystical holy man and healer.5
In 1903, Rasputin arrived in St. Petersburg in which he progressively gained a reputation as a holy man with healing and visionary powers6.  
Source B, an image of the Tsar(left) and the Tsarina (right)....