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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (: , ) (22 January 1869 – 29 December 1916) was a who is perceived as having influenced the latter days of the Russian , his wife the , and their only son the . Rasputin had often been called the "Mad Monk", while others considered him a "strannik" (or religious ) and even a (, "elder", a title usually reserved for monk-confessors), believing him to be a and .
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It has been argued that Rasputin helped to discredit the tsarist government, leading to the fall of the , in 1917. Contemporary opinions saw Rasputin variously as a saintly , visionary, and or, on the contrary, as a debauched religious charlatan. There has been much uncertainty over Rasputin's life and influence as accounts of his life have often been based on dubious memoirs, hearsay and legend.
The myths surrounding Rasputin portray him as showing indications of supernatural powers throughout his childhood. One ostensible example of these reputed powers was when Efim Rasputin, Grigori's father, had one of his horses stolen and it was claimed that Rasputin was able to identify the man who had committed the theft.