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Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin was born in Tobolsk far away from the Imperial Capital of St Petersburg in 1871 In the years he remained within the Imperial court witnesses including doctors concluded he possessed some extraordinary healing power over the Tsarevich and his deadly illness hemophilia Rasputins mysterious ability to heal Alexei convinced the Tsarina Aleksandra that Rasputin must have been sent by God himself In her mind he was he the answer to her prayers for God to save her son His influence over the Imperial government has been debated for decades Rasputins rise to political influence was due to his close relationship with the Tsarina During World War I with the Tsar at the front the Tsarina was in command of the Imperial government With Alexandra a German born Princess in control of the Russian government at a time when Russia was at war with Germany the Russian people held a horrible hatred towards her There is no doubt among historians that Rasputin gave his advice on government affairs freely to the Tsarina But Rasputins power was more illusion than reality Any and all ministry recommendations he may have gave to the Tsarina were ultimely approved of and backed by Nicholas who more or less accepted the Tsarinas decisions even against his own wishes Rasputin in the end for the Russian people became a scapegoat of a failed empire Rasputins original rise to the Imperial court began as Russia attempted to establish a constitutional monarchy Nicholas had appointed a new Prime Minister Peter Stolypin after the October Manifesto Stolypin was Russias last hope at intelligent government His tenure saw major advances in industry and argriculture Russia under Stolypin prospered However to the Tsarina Stolypin was evil Her hatred for this man who had done so much to preserve Nicholas throne was rooted in that Stolypin had had the courage to take on Rasputin Stolypin repeatedly told the Tsar that he needed to distance himself
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