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And witness testimonies an autopsy report diaries letters and memoirs written in their native language by the participants in these historic events Secondary sources include Russian languages newspapers and other publications from that era The narrative is copiously referenced and augmented with photographs including graphic forensic photographs and other documents some of them published here for the first time Step into the imperial court of a 300 year old dynasty in its final days with one of the most fascinating characters ever to grab our imaginations judge whether Margarita Nelipa makes her case regarding his death and if you agree that it was “the murder that ended the Russian empire? The commonly accepted outlines of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin’s life are as follows Of Siberian peasant stock he became a religious mystic after claiming to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary His religious beliefs conveniently allowed him to indulge himself to the full as long as he later repented and despite his scandalous private life he became an influential figure at the court of Russia’s last Tsar Nicholas II because the Tsarina Alexandra believed that he alone possessed the power to staunch the bleeding of the haemophiliac heir to the throne the Tsarevitch Alexei As this medical condition was a state secret the people could not understand the attention paid to this ‘mad monk’ and rumours deeply damaging to the imperial family that Rasputin was sleeping with the Tsarina and the royal princesses circulated after the Tsar left Alexandra and Rasputin in charge of Petrograd whilst he assumed nominal command at military headuarters in 1915 Rasputin’s political meddling using his influence with the Tsarina to appoint and dismiss ministers contributed to political instability and severely damaged Russia’s war effort Thus it was that Prince Felix Yusupov hatched a plot to murder Rasputin in December 1916 to strengthen the Tsar’s damaged authorityAs befits a larger than life character Rasputin’s death has attained a mythical status with him allegedly ingesting fatal amounts of poison being repeatedly shot and bludgeoned but only finally succumbing to drowning after his body was dumped in the River NevaIn ‘Killing Rasputin’ an expanded and updated version of her 2010 book ‘The Murder of Grigorii Rasputin’ Margarita Nelipa has sought to challenge the orthodox account unravelling the many myths surrounding Rasputin’s life and death as well as assessing the latter’s significance Indeed the revised book is subtitled ‘The Murder That Ended the Russian Empire’This last aim is explored in the last part of the book whilst its first part chronicles Rasputin’s rise to influence and the second investigates the events of his murderThe story of Rasputin’s extraordinary life is very interesting but also already well documented although Nelipa’s book can claim to be the first Western source to provide photographic evidence of Rasputin’s date of birth on 9 January 1869 a fact which had been shrouded in mystery until 1992Nelipa states that her “disbelief that a British secret agent Sir Samuel Hoare was implicated in murdering Grigorii Rasputin” a thesis first put forward in Oleg Shishkin’s ‘To Kill Rasputin’ 2000 but popularized in the UK by Andrew Cook’s 2004 BBC documentary and 2005 book “gave me the determination to study all the original material related to this murder case” Nelipa’s trawl through the Russian primary material seems commendably exhaustive which makes it rather surprising that she makes no mention of Keith Jeffery’s 2010 history of MI6 based upon unrestricted access to the surviving files of the Secret Intelligence Service which supports her in rejecting any idea of agency involvement in the crimeMost controversial is Nelipa’s analysis of the reasons for the February revolution writing that “The constant barrage of insinuations and conjectures by Duma representatives destabilized the imperial government” and had “the field commanders remained loyal to the emperor and to their Oath of Allegiance and focused solely on military matters the Duma would not have succeeded in its uest for change” This is simply untenable given that Tsarism had manifestly failed in the primary duty of any state namely to defend its citizens from external attackNelipa’s forensic examination of the evidence much of it new is praiseworthy and her book should alter our understanding of Rasputin and particularly of how he died The trouble is that in the process she may have fatally drained Rasputin of colour A Rasputin who is not sexually depraved is simply not as interesting as one who isIn John Ford’s ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ the reporter Stoddard concludes “When the legend becomes fact print the legend” Nelipa has done much to expose the legend of Rasputin but not enough to deal it a mortal blow

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KILLING RASPUTINYou can almost hear the whispering conspiracies and intrigues in the court of Nicholas and Alexandra A dramatic history with a touch of true crime Steve Jackson New York Times bestselling author of NO STONE UNTURNED At last a book about the so called “Mad Monk” of Imperial Russia that lays to rest the myths and reveals the truth about one of the most controversial characters in human history while exploring the impact his murder had on a dynasty a people and a country Written in three parts KILLING RASPUTIN begins with a biography that describes how a simple unkempt “holy man” from the wilds of Siberia became a friend of Emperor Nicholas II and his empress Alexandra at the most crucial DNF about halfway throughI had no idea what exactly the author was trying to tell me apart from the fact that Rasputin was poor and misunderstood and the people who killed him were immoral evil monsters Anything else got lost by the author throwing every single name and date she could find at us So you know exactly what person X did on day Y but it's not really clear what you should make of that She also doesn't let you forget that she speaks Russian so we get sentences like 'the masses accused the empress of being a Nemka German' pos 1554 Look Nemka just means German woman It's not an untranslatable word with special connotations You could have just written 'accused the empress of being a German'We also get gems like 'Guiseva's appearance shows a nasal deformity that exaggerated her coarse peasant appearance' pos 799 about a woman who tried to murder Rasputin Because only ugly people could hate that angelic saintly creature

Margarita Nelipa ☆ KILLING RASPUTIN kindle

KILLING RASPUTIN kindle Õ Kindle Edition read Ê You can almost hear the whispering conspiracies and intrigues in the court of Nicholas and Alexandra A dramatic history with a touch of true crime Steve Jackson New York Times bestselling author of NO STONE UNTURNED At last a book about the so called “Mad Monk” of Imperial Russia thMoment in Russian history Part Two examines the infamous murder of Rasputin through the lens of a “cold case” homicide investigation And lastly the book considers the connection between a cold blooded assassination and the revolution that followed; a revolution that led to civil war and the rise of the Soviet Union Uniue about this book on Rasputin is that the author combines Russian heritage her parents were forced out of Russia during World War II and arrived as refugees in Australia in 1948 with medical science and legal training Nelipa relied on Russian language sources that she translated rather than depend on the interpretations of others Her primary sources include police documents Unfortunately this felt like when you're trying to cook spaghetti throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks Parts of this were interesting even if you have knowledge on Rasputin but on a whole it seems unfocused I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however all opinions are my own