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Drawing of Grigorii Yefimovich Rasputin, brought into the Imperial Family's circle by Empress Alexandra to help aid in the suffering of her son Tsarevich Alexei. Rasputin was able to assuage the boy's pain but not cure the disease he suffered from (Hemophilia). He was well known for being drunk in public and his scores of affairs with high society woman. For the protection of the Royal image he was murdered by several aristocrats including Prince Felix Yussupov and Grand Duke Dmitrii Pavlovich
This photograph of Grigori Rasputin with his wife and daughter Matryona (Maria) in 1914 is cropped from a group photo that was taken in Rasputin's St. Petersburg apartment in 1914 and reproduced numerous times in the years thereafter. Matryona was the favorite daughter of Rasputin. One of her daughters married the Ambassador of The Netherlands in Greece and in 1950s became a friend of Irina Yusupova, daughter of her father's assassin.
Father Gapon near Narva Gate. Bloody Sunday was the name that came to be given to the events of 22 Jan 1905 in St Petersburg, Russia, where unarmed, peaceful demonstrators marching to present a petition to the Tsar Nicholas II were fired upon by soldiers of the Imperial Guard when approaching the Winter Palace. The number killed is uncertain but moderate estimates still average around 1,000 killed or wounded, both from shots and trampled during the panic.
Unknown photographer, ca. 1901-1905, Gromoboi - “Gromoboi” was an armoured cruiser of the Russian fleet that took part in the Russo-Japanese War and WWI. It was built in St. Petersburg under the improved project of the cruiser “Russia”. Its construction began in 1898, the cruiser was put into service in 1900.