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Gregory Efimovich Rasputin is one of the most debated characters of the 20th Century Thousands have discussed whether Rasputin was a holy man who came to the aide of the royal family or more simply a cheat who thrived in womanising and in truth a man who had a debauched sexual appetite After all the word Rasputin in Russian mean the debauched one But in the following pages I will try to explore a better side of Rasputin I will attempt to give an accurate analysis of Rasputin and let the facts prove who Rasputin was On 10 January 1869 in the midst of a harsh winter Gregory Efimovich Rasputin was born in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye Little is known of his background His father Efimy was a farmer of moderate success married to a wife Anna who had already provided him with an older son Dimitri Although later enemies were to allege that Rasputins surname was in fact an insult meaning debauched in Russian it had been the family name for years derived from the word for a fork in the road Pokrovskoye perched on the banks of the Tura River in Tobolsk Province Pokrovskoye was a typical Russian peasant village where few if any were educated and towns people were religious narrow minded and fearful When Rasputin was eight years old he suffered his first tragedy He was playing with his older brother along the banks of the Tura when Dimitri fell and was drowned Shortly thereafter Rasputin began to startle his fellow-villagers by making amazing predictions In one incident Rasputin correctly identified a horse thief As a teenager Rasputin paid a visit to the local Verkhoturye Monastery Here he encountered not only the Orthodox Church he had known from his childhood but also a number of heretical sects Principals among these were the Khlysty and the Skopsty The first group held that only through sin could one
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