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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, October 14, 1914

"In Moscow, however, there is some uneasiness owing to the rumours coming from Petrograd. The Empress and those about her are suspected of carrying on a secret correspondence with Germany; this suspicion extends to the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, the Empress's sister, abbess of the Convent of Martha and Mary in Moscow, who spends her life in good works. The Emperor's weakness with the Empress, Vyrubova, and Rasputin comes in for severe criticism. On the other hand, the popularity of the Grand Duke Nicholas increases every day."

Quotation Context

Entry from the memoirs of Maurice Paléologue, French Ambassador to Russia, for Wednesday, October 14, 1914, recounting his discussion with a Jewish businessman from Odessa whose 'intelligence and sagacity' struck the Ambassador. The Tsaritsa, Empress Alexandra, was German. Her son, heir to the throne, was a hemophiliac, a condition he shared with many on his mother's side. Tsar Nicholas and his wife were introduced to the monk Rasputin in 1907, and Paléologue earlier (September 28, 1914) reported that 'Rasputin obtained an extraordinary ascendancy over the Tsar and Tsaritsa,' in part because the empress believed the monk had healed her son. Anna Vyrubova was lady-in-waiting, confidant, and friend to Empress Alexandra. Grand Duke Nicholas was Army Chief of Staff until 1915. (Elipsis in the original.)

Source

An Ambassador's Memoirs Vol. I by Maurice Paléologue, page 168, publisher: George H. Doran Company, publication date: 1925

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Nicholas Romanoff, Nicholas II, Nicholas, Tsar Nicholas, Tsar Nicholas II, 1914, October, 1914-10-14, Paléologue, Rasputin, Vyrubova, Vyrubouva, Grand Duke Nicholas, Grigory Rasputin