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Operation Rasputin: facts, versions, intrigues. Part II

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On the night of December 16 1916, Grigory Rasputin goes by car to “visit” Prince Felix Yusupov. But for what? For what reason does a man suddenly in the winter night go to the Yusupov Palace, while, according to numerous testimonies, stating that he knows about the assassination attempt on him? Why does the “old man” Rasputin not refuse the invitation of the young prince?


The reason for this may lie in how Yusupov met Rasputin.

In the first part it was mentioned that the rumors about the weirdness of Felix’s sexual behavior at one time reached his parents. There is no exhaustive evidence, but some contemporaries of Prince Yusupov say that the prince returned to home with obvious homosexual affections, which he did not leave even after he became the spouse of one of Nicholas II's nieces - Princess Irina Alexandrovna. One of Yusupov's “friends”, according to some sources, was the same prince Dmitry Romanov, who, judging by Yusupov's memoirs, was in the palace on the night of the murder of Grigory Rasputin. It was the homosexual predilections of the son that caused the parents of the young Yusupov, Prince Felix Yusupov (Sumarokov-Elston) and Zinaida Yusupova, to go for, say, extraordinary measures, namely the use of alternative medicine. Grigory Rasputin was considered the chief specialist in expelling all kinds of demons and etching out demonic power from people in the capital of that time, who already had access to many houses of noble Petersburgers (Petrograd), and, most importantly, to the Gosudarev Palace. Whether Rasputin was a typical charlatan or really had the gift of healing is a separate question. Most historians are inclined to believe that Rasputin had something similar to the gift of healing and foresight (at least the evidence that he had repeatedly helped Tsarevich Alexei suffering from hemophilia, which doctors, including Alexei, were also treating), but often the people themselves clearly exaggerated the “old man's” healing ability.

So, Prince Yusupov could get acquainted with Rasputin in some way similar to a request (patronage) from his own parents, who wished their son to get rid of his, let's say, “illness”. The following testimonies can be found in the memoirs of Felix Yusupov (junior) regarding the healing abilities and authority of Rasputin:

... the "elder" quickly entered into force. Infinite petitioners burst into him. There were here both big officials, and church hierarchs, and ladies of high society, and many others. Rasputin acquired a valuable assistant - therapist Badmaev, a man of Eastern origin, a doctor-ignoramus, who said that he had brought magic herbs and potions from Mongolia that he had obtained from Tibetan magicians with truth and untruth. In fact, he himself brewed these potions from powders taken from a druggie friend. He served his dope and pathogens as “Tibetan elixir”, “Balsam Nguyen-Chen”, “Essence of black lotus”, etc. Charlatan and “old man” cost each other and quickly found a common language.


And, a specific narrative about how one of the prince’s treatment sessions took place, in his memoirs calling his “illness” a “weakness in the body”:

- I will cure, - he answered, - in three days I will cure. Let's drink a seagull first, and then go to my office, so that we do not interfere. I will pray to God and take the pain out of you. The Elder put me in a canape. Then, penetrating me in the eyes, he began to drive his hand over my chest, head, neck. He knelt down, put his hands on my forehead and whispered a prayer. Our faces were so close that I only saw his eyes. He stayed like that for a while. Suddenly he jumped up and began to make passes for me. Rasputin's hypnotic power was immense. I felt an unknown force penetrating into me and pouring heat all over my body. At the same time, there was a daze. I was stiff. I wanted to speak, but the language did not obey. Slowly, I plunged into oblivion, as if I had drunk a sleeping potion. I just saw a burning Rasputin look before me. Two phosphorescent rays merged into a fiery spot, and the spot was now near, then moved away.

I heard the voice of "old man", but could not make out the words. I lay there, unable to shout or move. Only the thought remained at liberty, and I understood that I was gradually in the grip of the hypnotist. And by an effort of will, I tried to resist hypnosis. His strength, however, grew, as if surrounding me with a dense shell. The impression of the unequal struggle of two individuals. All the same, I realized, until the end he did not break me. I could not move, however, until he himself ordered me to get up.


Based on this information, it can be assumed that Rasputin himself wished to look at his wife (and, possibly, help Irina) Yusupov in order to understand why a prince who was married cannot get rid of his youthful passions. In other words, Rasputin could have gone to the Yusupov Palace: a) out of sheer curiosity (and curiosity is a character trait noted by many people familiar with the “old man”), b) to perform the next treatment session. That is why he was not embarrassed by the late invitation time.

There is an opinion that Yusupov conspired against Rasputin for a very banal reason: those “treatment” methods (hypnosis and beating with a whip) that the “old man” allegedly practiced against him were offensive to him. In other words, some parts of the version add up to the following picture: Yusupov was offended by Rasputin’s actions against himself, and not by his influence on the empress, but by agents of British intelligence, among whom was Yusupov’s friend, Oswald Rainer, who allegedly worried Rasputin’s involvement in imperial palace.

However, there are also certain inconsistencies. The fact is that, if you believe the youngest prince, his mother, to put it mildly, disliked Rasputin and tried to turn the Empress Alexander Fyodorovna against him. In this regard, the version that Yusupov’s parents “brought” their son to an “old man” looks somewhat strange ...

Operation Rasputin: facts, versions, intrigues. Part II

Zinaida Yusupova (mother of Felix Yusupov)


According to another version, Rasputin, who was not only actively, but very actively interested in politics, was looking for contacts with Yusupov himself, knowing about his connections with agents of British intelligence. Why did you search? Then, in order to confirm for themselves information about Yusupov’s connection with British officers in Petrograd, and then inform the royal persons that secret negotiations with Great Britain are being held behind their backs about the overthrow of the monarchy. And here the problem was added with what sexual habits Prince Yusupov has ... But this version leads to the necessity of assuming that Rasputin, going to the Yusupov Palace, knew perfectly well what was going on and that he was not going there alone . If we take this particular version as a basis, then we should assume that Rasputin’s guards (on his instructions, moved under their own power to the Yusupov Palace (she was not in the car next to him). However, this version of the historians is also far from “all-explaining”.

After all, if we assume that the guards did follow Rasputin to the palace on the Moika Embankment, how to explain further events. We turn first to the memoirs of Purishkevich and Prince Yusupov, and then to an alternative account of events, for example, by the British press.

According to the memoirs of Purishkevich and Yusupov, Rasputin went to the basement that was prepared for his “reception” and waited for “guests to leave” from Irina Alexandrovna, and she would go down to the meeting with the “old man”. In this room, he allegedly ate some cakes with a killer dose of cyanide in front of Prince Yusupov who was with him all this time. Cyanide did not work (and should not, since glucose neutralizes this poison). The prince, seeing that the “old man” was still alive, began to lose patience, as, incidentally, Rasputin himself, who was expecting to meet the prince’s wife, and, according to his memoirs, drank wine bottle by bottle. Then Felix rose to other conspirators (they were in one of the rooms of the palace), those indignantly expressed their desire to break into the basement and finish off Grigory Rasputin. Felix (as he says in his memoirs) decided to make a shot himself, so as not to let the "old man" go away when he heard the rumble made by people quickly going down to the basement. So, according to official figures, it happened. Yusupov entered the basement, called Rasputin to evaluate the wooden crucifix of Christ and pray. The elder allegedly humbly approached the image, and at that moment Yusupov shot Rasputin “in the very heart”. (Then the investigation revealed that not one of the bullets fired at Rasputin had fallen into his heart) ...

Further, in the memoirs describes the complete mysticism. Yusupov returned to the conspirators to report that everything was over, but then for some reason decided that he needed to check whether Grigory Rasputin was dead. Having gone down, he saw the old man twitching eyelid, leaned over him, and he suddenly opened his eyes, jumped up and clutched at his throat. At that moment, the rest of the conspirators came running to the basement. Purishkevich shot Rasputin, and he fell. After that, allegedly Rasputin was wrapped in the blue canvas mentioned in Part I, carried to the bridge and thrown into the river.


Rasputin's body, taken from the river


If the guard of Rasputin really arrived at the Yusupov Palace after the “guarded”, then what did the guards do for more than two hours? ..

If we turn to an alternative version of events, then as soon as Rasputin Yusupov brought to the palace, representatives of British intelligence took it up. Birmingham Mail calls the protagonist Oswald Reiner (that he was the day (or more precisely the night) the murder in the Yusupov Palace was written by his chauffeur at the time), but Stephen Alley could also be involved. This is another close friend of Yusupov, whom he met in Foggy Albion. The figure of Stephen Alley appears due to the fact that in Britain a letter was published by Alley to British intelligence officer John Scale from 24 December 1916 of the year (just over a week after the murder of Rasputin). This letter contains the following words:
... not everything went according to plan, our goal was achieved ... Rainer sweeps up traces and, undoubtedly, will contact you for instructions.


Of course, Reiner could have covered some other traces ... But, in fairness, it should be noted that there are still more reasons to think about the “traces” on Rasputin’s body and the “traces” around the elder’s murder. Especially considering that Rasputin was cremated after the “first funeral”. Cremation - is this not a trace of traces that could provide answers to many questions. Yes, and the relative loyalty of the dynasty to those who declared “with their own hands” about the murder of Rasputin - does this loyalty mean that the monarch could guess from where this murder actually grows legs ...

So, according to this version, Rasputin arrives at the Yusupov Palace, where he is immediately seized by British intelligence officers and begin to torture. Traces of torture, by the way, are indeed found on the body.


Rasputin's death photo


The purpose of torture is to allegedly find out from Grigory Rasputin the “secret plan” of the separate peace of Russia with Germany, which, under his dictation, “was written by the German empress”. Pulling out the subtleties of the plan, the British and kill the "old man". What the Rasputin guards are doing at this moment, if you continue to trust the version that Rasputin knew what he was doing, it is not clear ...

On the one hand, this version (the version that the participation of British officers was not done) is somewhat more plausible than the description of Rasputin’s 2-hour seat in the basement, which ate cakes and washed down with wine, as Felix Yusupov writes in his deliberately derogatory memoirs. But on the other hand the very course of the further stories says that Rasputin was not needed for the murderers for the "secrets of a separate world." Yes, Rasputin’s statements about the need to put an end to the bloody war are well known. However, are they a reason to believe the memoirs of Yusupov, in whom Rasputin is supposedly the main “crafty villain” in Russia, who is trying to destroy the country, setting the weak king on the throne and taking power into his own hands. With the same "success" it is possible to declare that Felix Yusupov himself (along with Purishkevich) wanted to entrust himself with the laurels of "the destroyer of the satanic spirit" and "savior of Russia", having received more chances to come closer to power. Black PR from the prince? Why not ... At the same time, the PR, as you can see, did not pass without ideological assistance from the British Crown ...

Prince Felix Yusupov didn’t come close to power after the murder of Rasputin, but Purishkevich turned into a kind of mouthpiece, as they would say now, a non-systemic opposition. Purishkevich himself at one time stated that he "made the first shot of the revolution." In March 17, Nicholas II abdicated the throne ... A simple coincidence, not related to the murder of Rasputin? Maybe. Still, it seems more plausible that, with the murder of Rasputin, the royal couple lost a man who could explain in everyday language whether it was worth going to suggestions from the “well-wishers” of the Crown or not.

The version that the British acted solely in order to prevent Russia from concluding a separate peace with Germany does not look logical. After all, the prevention of a separate world worried France, another ally of the Empire. However, no "French trace" in the conspiracy is not manifested. But here it is worth remembering the promises of Britain, given in relation to Russia 12 March 1915. These promises are connected with the “guarantee” of the transfer of the Russian Empire of Constantinople with the adjacent territories, which included the western coast of the Bosphorus and the Sea of ​​Marmara, the Gallipoli peninsula, South Thrace along the Enos-Medes line and, moreover, the eastern coast of the Bosphorus and the Sea of ​​Marmara to the Izmitky Bay, all the islands of the Sea of ​​Marmara, as well as the islands of Imbros and Tenedos in the Aegean Sea in case of victory over Germany and its allies. Obviously, realizing that such a “gift” in relation to Russia may turn out to be too generous, a “Rasputin card” was played out. It consisted in the fact that the “old man” was represented by the main villain of Russia, who was setting up a German woman by birth Alexander Fedorovna against Tsar Nicholas II, and that Russia could be sold to Germany. The people, by the way, pecked at such a bait, and the very personality of Rasputin turned into the incarnation of sin for the majority of the Russian population. PR worked. The flywheel was launched — Rasputin was removed, the tsar was “persuaded” to give up the throne, and then the result is known to all ...
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Operation Rasputin: facts, versions, intrigues. Part I
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  1. svskor80
    svskor80 27 November 2013 08: 54
    +9
    All versions are indisputable, the truth is hidden by someone from us. And as always, lately it was not without gays.
  2. avt
    avt 27 November 2013 10: 01
    +4
    Quote: svskor80
    All versions are indisputable, the truth is hidden by someone from us. And as always, lately it was not without gays.

    It depends on which ones, the presence of the Angles is an objective reality, which they themselves do not deny, but the version that glucose cyanide dissolved in Grishka, yes, rather weak, the St. Petersburg documentary mentioned the memories of another person involved - Dr. Lazovert from their gay company, so that chief in poisoning, he said that he simply did not add poison to the cakes. I was afraid that they would confuse it with fear and get poisoned themselves, that's how I believe in it. Overall good. Another plus. It would be possible to "make a judgment" about the number of conspirators, but this is superfluous in this format, for those who are interested, the article will encourage them to dig themselves, since now there is where to look and what to read, and even see, not only Radzinsky's glitches and the film Agony "Klimova with Petrenko in the title role, a good feature film, by the way, was shot well, and the acting is not like the current serials who twist their faces.
  3. Takashi
    Takashi 27 November 2013 10: 26
    -2
    It seems to me that at that time Yusupov was not motivated by the desire to have political power. It was the richest family. Richer than the Romanovs. He didn't care about this policy. Despite the vices and riotous image, these were people of honor and sincerely worried about the fate of their Motherland (Russia).

    And the fact that Rasputin was familiar with Felix's young vices and could upset his upcoming wedding !!! It is a fact. And to lure Rasputin out, it was only possible with a "skirt". This man had a very good intuition.

    As for the "torture" of Rasputin - in some publications there are descriptions that he was finished off with a "rubber weight". rubber can leave such abrasions / injuries on the body without damaging the internal organs.

    It seems to me that the situation would then inevitably lead to the collapse of the Empire. Killed or not killed Rasputin. Rasputin simply became the personification of all this evil.

    To be honest, he was spanked late. It was necessary before.

    -------------------------------------------------
    As an epilogue, I would like the author to write what happened "after" with each person involved in this murder.
    It seems to me that the life lived by Felix Yusupov and his contribution is much higher ... Rasputin and his cesspools, including the royal couple.
    1. avt
      avt 27 November 2013 11: 01
      +4
      Quote: Takashi
      It seems to me that at that time Yusupov was not motivated by the desire to have political power. It was the richest family. Richer than the Romanovs. He didn't care about this policy. Despite the vices and riotous image, these were people of honor and sincerely worried about the fate of their Motherland (Russia).

      request Well, where did you get the idea that he could not be moved by his own English friends, who recruited through zh..u !? Here, since you are an agent, then nothing depends on your will. Moreover, the pedigree quite allowed Nikino to claim a place. Another thing is that the murder of Grishka was supposed to serve as a signal, but the “group of comrades” in the law enforcement agencies, for some reason, most likely out of fear of being held accountable up to execution in case of failure, refused the agreement. But the murder did not work as a blank. Nicky # 2 showed complete impotence in terms of executing punishment for a very specific criminal offense, which instilled confidence in the conspirators in impunity in case of failure. king and fabricated "abdication". For which, in fact, in the same year they paid for, the Bolsheviks were grasping guys and did not throw words to the wind. They promised to transfer the Imperialist to the Civil and they fulfilled the promise and, "Don't howl, don't cry, but laugh," and they promised.
      1. Takashi
        Takashi 28 November 2013 19: 32
        -1
        1. If the English were opponents of Germany and allies of Russia, the question is asked: acting together with them, did the "killers" harm the interests of Russia?

        2. The beginning of the collapse of the fronts, the failures of the High Command (and after all they were headed by H2, whose decisions were influenced by the tsarina-Rasputin clique -....). The generals themselves could not stand it, and spoke directly H2.
        Remember, the famous Brusilovsky breakthrough. Historians directly write that the success of the offensive was not developed, thanks to the actions of Rasputin and its detrimental effect on H2.

        3. Do you in general well know the Criminal Code of the Russian Empire? Try to find and see what threatens a person of the "rank" of F. Yusupov in the murder of an ordinary man?
        NOTHING. The rest would also be acquitted. For Rasputin has already "got" everyone.

        5. And do not confuse enthusiasm for Dorian Gray - with manhood.
  4. demotivator
    demotivator 27 November 2013 10: 38
    0
    Yeah, whatever you say, but the topic of the murder of Rasputin, well, just such a burning one. Without knowledge of the details and subtleties, today we can not escape from the clutches of the impending crisis. And what? Whatever the child was amused, if only he would not cry. And here is such a space for thought.
  5. Egoza
    Egoza 27 November 2013 11: 04
    +2
    In modern terms, Rasputin was a good psychic. At the same time, his prediction has long been known that he knew that he would be killed, but at the same time warned the royal family% "If ordinary people kill me, everything will be fine, but if the nobles themselves, then the royal family will be over."
  6. avt
    avt 27 November 2013 11: 10
    +5
    Quote: demotivator
    Yeah, whatever you say, but the topic of the murder of Rasputin, well, just such a burning one.

    And you read Gilyarovsky, an excellent reporter of his time, a contemporary of Grishka. So replace the reckless drivers with ,, geldings ",,, raspberries" for claefelin ,,, crayfish "for guest workers and try to distinguish the time of writing the text. ... So, in general, funny parallels are outlined.
    1. RomanRVV
      RomanRVV 10 January 2017 15: 21
      0
      And in Nekrasov's Reflections at the Front Entrance, nothing needs to be changed.
  7. Enot-poloskun
    Enot-poloskun 27 November 2013 12: 16
    +8
    But Rasputin well done!

    I tried to cure F. Yusupov from homosexuality! )))

    Maybe that's why Geyropa was already afraid and eliminated "Elder Gregory"?

    I jerk, of course.

    PS But I think that modern Europe should be treated for homosexuality.

    Rasputin expressed his position on the figure in Russian history in the comments on the first article.

    To author +
  8. Gomunkul
    Gomunkul 27 November 2013 12: 55
    +2
    In my opinion, the following conclusion suggests itself: Rasputin, as a key figure at the court of the Emperor, impeded the implementation of British intelligence plans in Russia. But we do not yet reliably know who was behind Rasputin and who he really was, i.e. whose interests lobbied at court.
    1. Boris55
      Boris55 27 November 2013 15: 19
      +2
      Quote: Gomunkul
      But we do not yet reliably know who was behind Rasputin and who he really was, i.e. whose interests lobbied at the court.

      And how I stopped "lobby" - Has Russia become better or worse?

      We know for certain that after he passed away "lobbyist“Russia entered and lost the war, experienced two revolutions, a civil war ... Who can dispute this?

      The answer is obvious, whose interests were represented by Rasputin and whose interests were embodied in the life of his killer.
  9. Ross
    Ross 27 November 2013 16: 40
    +3
    Quote: Boris55
    Quote: Gomunkul
    But we do not yet reliably know who was behind Rasputin and who he really was, i.e. whose interests lobbied at the court.

    And how I stopped "lobby" - Has Russia become better or worse?

    We know for certain that after he passed away "lobbyist“Russia entered and lost the war, experienced two revolutions, a civil war ... Who can dispute this?

    The answer is obvious, whose interests were represented by Rasputin and whose interests were embodied in the life of his killer.

    Bold plus! Always judge by business!
    1. Black
      Black 27 November 2013 18: 20
      +4
      Quote: Ross
      Bold plus! Always judge by business!


      Those. Rasputin- BIG PLUS and a bust in the homeland ???
      Russia did not hold on to Rasputin, they found a "scrap" !!! Rasputivism is the natural agony of the Russian mediocre autocracy.
      A strong state, an empire, does not fall for months even under the blows of armies, and even more so as the machinations of spies. February and October were fostered by the ranks, the mediocre king, who lost their lands by the elites.
      1. Boris55
        Boris55 27 November 2013 18: 45
        +1
        Quote: Chen
        Rasputivism is the natural agony of the Russian mediocre autocracy.

        Add to the above.

        In relation to Rasputin, one can judge the opponent’s ability to independently analyze what happened and his attitude to the fate of Russia.

        The autocrat was really weak and therefore was sent by Rasputin, and then Stalin, and now Putin.
        At the turning stages of history, a leader always appears who cares for the fate of the fatherland.

        ps
        The media still own the same. They are unlikely to provide true information to us.
        1. Gomunkul
          Gomunkul 28 November 2013 10: 35
          0
          The autocrat was really weak and therefore was sent by Rasputin, and then Stalin, and now Putin.
          You forgot about Stolypin, here is that iconic figure of that time that could change, or rather unravel, the knot of contradictions within the empire. Let me remind you, the main question at that time was - The land question! hi
  10. DZ_98_B
    DZ_98_B 27 November 2013 18: 47
    0
    Please forgive me, but what is happening here ?????? LENIN betrayed the interests of Russia, and sold to the Germans !!! Rasputin and Nikolashka wanted to glorify Russia, and sold themselves to the Germans .... ???? !!!! A gift from Russia in case of victory over the Germans !! ... Turkish lands! E! ??? And we need 100 million TURKS ??? ....... TURK Russians ????????? About LENIN !!! There was an article the other day ... that he is a German spy !!! I spoke out that an alliance with Germany is most beneficial, namely to Nikolasha !!! ... Who is the right leader of RUSSIA ???
    1. Boris55
      Boris55 27 November 2013 18: 55
      +1
      Quote: DZ_98_B
      Who is the right leader of RUSSIA ???

      The one at which prices fell - under Stalin.
      (with rising prices, the rich get richer; with their reduction, the poor get richer).
  11. Enot-poloskun
    Enot-poloskun 27 November 2013 19: 22
    +1
    By the way:

    Evil tongues can justifiably say that the number of cows in Russia under Rasputin was higher than under Putin:

    The number of cattle in Russia is significantly reduced annually, despite the fact that productivity is practically not growing. In 2010, according to official statistics, the number of cattle decreased by 3,1% compared to 2009 and amounted to 20 million heads. The number of cows fell by 2,5% to 8,8 million heads.


    The number of cows in Russia and the USSR:
    1922 - 16,4 million goals
    1945 - 12,9 million goals
    1960 - 17,9 million goals
    1980 - 22,2 million goals
    1990 - 20,5 million goals
    2000 - 12,7 million goals
  12. Ivan Tarasov
    Ivan Tarasov 28 November 2013 00: 31
    +1
    The Romanovs both came illegally, having seized power, and perished accordingly.
    The last king, a degenerate, the crown of the Romanov dynasty, stupidly leaked the Empire.
    As a result, they put the country on an experiment by writing it into someone else's project, but we can observe the results now.
  13. Ross
    Ross 28 November 2013 10: 57
    +1
    Quote: Boris55
    Quote: Chen
    Rasputivism is the natural agony of the Russian mediocre autocracy.

    Add to the above.

    In relation to Rasputin, one can judge the opponent’s ability to independently analyze what happened and his attitude to the fate of Russia.

    The autocrat was really weak and therefore was sent by Rasputin, and then Stalin, and now Putin.
    At the turning stages of history, a leader always appears who cares for the fate of the fatherland.

    ps
    The media still own the same. They are unlikely to provide true information to us.

    I wanted to answer, but you already said everything, I support it.
    I just wanted to add that there is always an occult influence on power, whether someone likes this fact or not. The West uses this resource constantly. Therefore, Rasputin's help to the weak tsar is obvious. As soon as the "protection" was removed, the result is obvious.
  14. Stasi
    Stasi 28 November 2013 22: 37
    0
    When Valentin Pikul wrote his novel "Unclean Power" about Rasputin, this novel was kept out of action for a long time, and the film "Agony" based on this novel was banned, moreover, in Soviet times. What is the reason? According to the writer, this novel very accurately described the Soviet elite and nomenclature. Pikul was repeatedly asked not to touch Rasputin: "Write what you want, just don't touch Rasputin." Rasputin undoubtedly possessed some sort of hypnotic ability that helped him to get to the top and influence the royal family and politics. Rasputin is a shameful page at the end of the history of the Romanov dynasty.