Jan. 27, 2020

The Assassination of Rasputin: 99 Problems But a Tsar Ain’t One | 173

The Assassination of Rasputin: 99 Problems But a Tsar Ain’t One | 173

There lived a certain man in Russia long ago. He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow. Most people look at him with terror and with fear. But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear. He could preach the Bible like a preacher, full of ecstasy and fire. But he also was the kind of teacher women would desire.

OK – that doesn’t have a ton to do with the actual Rasputin, but man it’s a fun 1978 Euro disco hit single by the Germany-based pop band Boney M. That’s where we start week 2 of our exploration of Rasputin. And while his eyes might not have actually been aflame, his supernatural reputation continues to precede him. Was he really a mystic healer? Did he actually eat enough cyanide to kill a small town without the slightest effect? How many bullets can you put into a “mad monk” before he goes down? We stay in Russia this week as we explore the death and legacy of everyone’s favorite miscreant – Ra-Ra-Rasputin. Plus, Conspiracy Bot admits a penchant for crocheting (we don’t know), Brent spends a little too much time researching…lil Rasputin (again, no idea), and John drops a Bonya and Kuzmich reference (we give up). All of that and more on the podcast that doesn’t always get its hosts back, but when we do – we aren’t sure they were better than the replacements - Hysteria 51.

Special thanks to this week’s research sources:
Research Assistant - Raymond Walden IV

Books
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs | Douglas Smith
Rasputin: A Short Life | Frances Welch
The Big Black Book of Government Conspiracies | Andrè RavenSkül Venås

Videos
Simple History - https://youtu.be/JXdbseRz0lc
Cloud Biography - https://youtu.be/ev5dNfRncFo
Rasputin - https://imdb.to/2SAJ5qL
Ra Ra Rasputin - https://youtu.be/aiSdTQ9DW9g

Websites
Grigori Rasputin - https://bit.ly/2SDuB9w
Pierre Gilliard - https://bit.ly/30t3akP
LA Times - https://lat.ms/2MTHOaP
International Encyclopedia of WWI - https://bit.ly/2Q4kIQu
Tsar - https://bit.ly/2F9kfWR
History - https://bit.ly/2ZDJ46P
Khodynka Tragedy - https://bit.ly/2MF29An
Alpha History - https://bit.ly/39mq3dv
Tsar Nicholas II - https://bit.ly/2EZPdAZ
Ra Ra Rasputin lyrics - https://bit.ly/2toua97
TIME - https://bit.ly/367Mykz
The Awl - https://bit.ly/37o7u7b
Websters Dictionary - https://bit.ly/2ZzgALp
Alexander Palace - https://bit.ly/363FSmP
Local Life – https://bit.ly/2MFAH5C
Khioniya Guseva – https://bit.ly/3aMhMAw

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