Grigori Rasputin is one of the most intriguing characters of the 20th century. Some considered him as a madman and a swindler; others as a holy man, a prophet. But he was, first and foremost, a very enigmatic figure – that arouses countless stories and legends about him.
It is well known his dedication to the religion. Some people believe that he had a vision with the Virgin Mary, encouraging him to a spiritual life.
Rasputin was a charismatic man and his reputation spread very quickly in Siberia and consequently in the rest of Russia. That expansion allowed him to create bonds with powerful people and soon he became very close to the Czar and the royal family, working as a healer for the Czar’s son, Alexei.
Alexei suffered from haemophilia and everybody believed in the healing powers of Rasputin, easing the pain and stopping the bleeding.