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Photograph of the Russian monk Grigory Rasputin from The War of the Nations Portfolio in Rotogravure Etchings Compiled from the Mid-Week Pictorial. Tsar Nicholas of Russia and his wife were introduced to Rasputin in 1907. According to Maurice Paléologue, French Ambassador to Russia, Rasputin, 'wheedled them, dazzled them, dominated them.'
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Gregory Rasputin, the charlatan who was the evil genius of the Russian Court and was assassinated in December, 1916.

Photograph of the Russian monk Grigory Rasputin from The War of the Nations Portfolio in Rotogravure Etchings Compiled from the Mid-Week Pictorial. Tsar Nicholas of Russia and his wife were introduced to Rasputin in 1907. According to Maurice Paléologue, French Ambassador to Russia, Rasputin, 'wheedled them, dazzled them, dominated them.'

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Gregory Rasputin, the charlatan who was the evil genius of the Russian Court and was assassinated in December, 1916.

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Wednesday, February 24, 1915

"'There are too many dead and wounded, too many widows and orphans, nothing but ruin and tears! Think of all the poor fellows who'll never come back, and remember that each of them has left behind him five, six, . . . ten persons who can only weep! I know of villages where everybody's in mourning. . . . And what about those who do come back! What are they like! Legless, armless, blind! . . . It's terrible! For more than twenty years we shall harvest nothing but sorrow on Russian soil!'

'Yes, we shall be the victors. But I don't know when. . . . God chooses the hour that seems good to Him for His miracles. We are not at the end of our trials; much more blood and many more tears must flow.'"

Quotation Context

Excerpts from the entry for Wednesday, February 24, 1915, from the memoirs of Maurice Paléologue, French Ambassador to Russia. Paléologue was visiting 'Madame O____', who was active with the Red Cross, when Rasputin walked in on them. The two men had not met before. Madame O____ translated for the two. The ambassador found the monk's gaze 'at once penetrating and caressing, naive and cunning, direct and yet remote. When he was excited it seemed as if his pupils became magnetic.' Rasputin agreed with Paléologue's argument that Russia must fight on, and then requested money from France to help the suffering Russian people who 'may become dangerous.' Before departing, Rasputin asked if Russia would receive Constantinople in a victory over Turkey. Paléologue confirms it will. 'Then the Russian people won't regret having suffered so much,' Rasputin replied, 'and will be willing to suffer more.'

Source

An Ambassador's Memoirs Vol. I by Maurice Paléologue, pp. 291-294, publisher: George H. Doran Company, publication date: 1925

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