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Oh yeah?


The Times 4 January 1917 p7

12 comments to Oh yeah?

  • Mr Ed

    And then it was no nightmare, it was real horror.

    For those unfamiliar with the history of the man, here is a short video.

  • David

    That was 1 minute 22 seconds of my life wasted.

    Russia’s is a bleak history and the passing of Rasputin one of its lighter moments. Along with Stalin et al.

  • Mr Ed

    Well, there’s nothing lighter than that video and it does give a potted history of Rasputin’s demise if you can stick with it a bit longer.

    What is interesting is that it got into the Times and in those terms, so perhaps the notoriety of Rasputin at the time was as it is portrayed today.

    And there are those who think that Mr Putin might be immortal, or at the very least, considerably older than he looks….

  • the other rob

    I have not clicked on the link, but would I be correct in assuming that it goes to a scholarly work by the noted historians Boney M?

  • Mr Ed

    I wasn’t actually Boney M, but ‘Oh, those Russians’ must have hacked Samizdata and it is now.

  • Alsadius

    I always got the impression that Rasputin’s “prophecy” that the regime would collapse without him was the usual sort of mumbo-jumbo that mystics use to convince the people who like them to protect them from the people who dislike them. If the Czarina thinks you’re a man of God, she’ll listen to you and protect you, even if what you say is kind of ludicrous on its face. (We remember it mostly because he turned out to be right, but I suspect he said a lot of similar stuff that wasn’t)

  • Stephen Houghton

    “Russia’s is a bleak history and the passing of Rasputin one of its lighter moments. Along with Stalin et al.”

    Churchill wrote of the death of Lennin, “The Russians second greatest tragedy his birth, their greatest, his death.”

  • Mr Ecks

    Boney M couldn’t even get right the fact that it was Ma Barker not Ma Baker.

    Nor was she from Chicago.

    Perhaps Ma Baker was another outlaw who wouldn’t make a gay cake.

  • Laird

    Bunch of Dschinghis Khan wannabes.

  • Fraser Orr

    I recently watched “Empire of the Tsars” on Netflix (available here in the US, don’t know about Britain.) I didn’t know a lot of Russian history and I really enjoyed it and recommend it. She seemed to give a more accurate description of Rasputin’s assassination than some of the mythology surrounding it.

  • Alisa

    Meanwhile in SK:

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been abandoned by nearly a quarter of the lawmakers in her party.

    The blow comes days after Park was impeached for sharing official state documents with Choi Soon-sil, a confidante of the President who has been described as a Rasputin-like figure.

  • Paul Marks

    Oh yes Alsia – it is being said that the Korean public suspects a lesbian relationship between the President and her friend (but is officially talking about everything else apart from the “L word”).

    It is all rather silly. For example, Russia is involved in a terrible war (the First World War) – and all the capital elite seem to have cared about is the alleged sexual practices of Mr Rasputin.

    No sense of proportion – none.

    The human obsession with sex.