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Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (Novykh; born on 9 (21) January 1869, died on 17 (30) December 1916): peasant from Pokrovskoye Village of Tobolsk Region, Russia. He became world-famous owing to his friendship with the family of the last Russian Emperor Nikolas II. In 1900s, in certain circles of St. Petersburg society he had the reputation of a “tsar’s friend”, “elder”, visionary, and healer. Rasputin’s negative image was widely popularized in Soviet propaganda, and there are still numerous rumours about Rasputin and his impact on the Russian Empire fate.
As is generally known, history is a very capricious lady, so we won’t irritate it with questionable aftermaths, but only state that Grigory Rasputin, among other things, was respected as a visionary. And very interesting information has been preserved from him regarding our topic of interest.