|Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was considered a holy man. His ability to stop the bleeding
of Czarina Alexandra's son gained him favor with her and through her influence with
her husband, Nicholas II.
Rasputin's behavior was questionable and considered unscrupulous. In 1916, with Czar
Nicholas II at the front (World War I), and rumors that Rasputin was influencing
the Czarina to press for peace with Germany, a group of Russian noblemen murdered
Rasputin. (For more on the background events try this link: Rasputin
The above photo was taken in a hidden basement room in the Yusopov Palace. The Yusopov
family was very prominent, influential and close to the Russian Czars. Rasputin (shown
sitting) had been lured to this private dining chamber and, after several attempts,
The Palace, though somewhat plain outside (94 Moika Embankment), is quit impressive
B enjoyed moving through the hidden doors and tight staircase to get to this room.