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Rasputin, Gregory Yefimovich (1872–1916)

  1. Jerry B. Hopkins

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1606

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Hopkins, J. B. 2011. Rasputin, Gregory Yefimovich (1872–1916). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


A Siberian Eastern Orthodox mystic who gained a widespread reputation and influence as a seer and healer. He was born in 1872 as Gregory Efimovich, son of a farmer named Efim, who had been a coachman in the employ of the Imperial Mail. He was born in the village of Pokrovskoe on the Tura River in western Siberia some 250 miles east of the Ural Mountains. This was a primitive, rugged, windswept land where winter temperatures plunged to 40 degrees below zero. In such primitive, demanding regions holy men and outlandish sectarian groups flourished.


  • Rasputin, Gregory Yefimovich (1872–1916);
  • Siberian eastern orthodox mystic;
  • starets (holy man), access to high social, political families