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Rasputin

Grigori Efimovich . ?1871--1916, Siberian peasant monk, notorious for his debauchery, who wielded great influence over Tsarina Alexandra. He was assassinated by a group of Russian noblemen
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Rasputin. From the epilogue to the trade-paperback edition of Hellboy: Conqueror Worm © 2002 Mike Mignola. ART BY MIKE MIGNOLA.

Rasputin

(pop culture)
Long a staple of occult lore, Grigori Rasputin, the Mad Monk of Russian history, appears as a villain in Mike Mignola's Hellboy comics. In Mignola's version, Rasputin has real powers of immortality, and appears as a bald, imposing magician with powerful multi-dimensional sorcerous abilities. According to the tale in Hellboy: Seed of Destruction (1994), after escaping the ruins of the Revolution, Rasputin holed up for a while in Italy before teaming with the occult-obsessed Nazis for more mystical experimentation. Rasputin became involved in a Nazi plan called “Ragna Rok,” which would result in a demonic invasion of Earth. A trip to the North Sea in 1944 to summon a demon resulted in the birth of Hellboy, but an English mystic intercepted the summoning, and Hellboy ended up being raised by Professor Bruttenholm, who trained the young demon to become the world's greatest paranormal investigator. Forty years later, Rasputin returned, having awoken a demon from beyond named Sadu-Hem, and planned to use the pyrokinetic powers of Hellboy's teammate Liz Sherman to breach the walls of our dimension to unleash a horde of monsters upon Earth. In the final battle, Rasputin tried to use his role as Hellboy's creator to bring him to the dark side. “If you kill me you will never know who you are,” Rasputin taunted. Hellboy resisted temptation and fought to save Liz, sending Rasputin to parts unknown, doubtless to regroup for another assault on Earth. In the 2004 film Hellboy, Rasputin is the main villain, played by Karl Roden. Among the movie's merchandising tie-ins were Mezco's 8-inch Rasputin action figure (with a smaller baby Hellboy figure) and a Hellboy-Rasputin “Mtz-Itz” two-pack of mini-figures. Although the origin story in which he appears isn't the best Hellboy yarn, Rasputin's fabled reputation makes him fit right in to Mignola's spooky, supernatural world.

Rasputin

(1871–1916) debauchee who preached and practised doctrine mixing religious fervor with sexual indulgence. [Russ. Hist.: NCE, 1770]

Rasputin

immoral person of tremendous power and seeming invulnerability. [Russ. Hist.: Espy, 339–340]
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According to the popular version of the story, Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, shot several times and finally drowned in the Nevka.
INFAMOUS: Grigori Rasputin was a Russian mystic and adviser to the Romanovs.
Frances Welch detailing what tutor Sydney Gibbes thought of the notorious Rasputin in her book, The Romanovs & Mrs Gibbes - The Story of the englishman who taught the children of the last Tsar (Short Books, pounds 9.
Eight-minute pre-credits prologue effectively establishes Anastasia as the beloved daughter of Czar Nicholas in 1916, but stumbles as it essentially attributes Russia's social unrest entirely to the sinister sorcerer Rasputin and jarringly introduces stock animal characters into a pointedly unfanciful story.
Angharad Fisher from Llanberis had great fun whilst playing a woman who had to seduce Rasputin.
The murder of Rasputin, who was often called the Mad Monk, was intended to disrupt the Russian royal family, to whom he was very close, and make them more malleable to British influence, according to Lebedev.
During World War II, The German Reich enlists the services of black magician Grigori Rasputin (Roden) to open a portal between our world and the demon universe.
They were talking, naturally, about Rasputin, Russia's mad monk.
OZZY OSBOURNE is writing a rock opera on the life of RASPUTIN.
Most famously of all, Alexandra fell under the spell of Father Gregory, holy man and healer, better known to history as Rasputin or 'the debauched one'.
Like Marilyn Monroe, the death of JFK and the sinking of the Titanic, the life and murder in 1916 of the peasant monk Rasputin has been a mystery that has baffled historians for years.