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'Oldest' known photograph of 'mad monk' Grigory Rasputin goes on display in Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
18 May 2018

Haunting image of the holy man - who exerted an extraordinary hold on the Russian royals - has never been seen before.

His critics saw him as a charlatan who discredited the Russian royals and help predicate the Russian Revolution. Picture: The Siberian Times

The ghostly picture was shown during a special exhibition of 'masterpieces' at the Yaroslavsky Museum of History and Culture of People of the North, Yakutsk.

Collector and owner Alexey Ivanov, a renowned culture expert in Yakutia, said: 'The picture was taken between 1880-1900. 

'This is the earliest period of the young priest's life. 

'It is quite likely to be his first photograph.'

New picture of Rasputin


New picture of Rasputin


New picture of Rasputin

The ghostly picture was shown during a special exhibition of 'masterpieces' at the Yaroslavsky Museum of History and Culture of People of the North, Yakutsk. Pictures: Yaroslavsky Museum of History and Culture of People of the North

While the exact date is not known, it is from before the time that the charismatic monk arrived in then capital St Petersburg in 1903, changing the course of Russian history. 

Red marks on the pictures show the way experts compared the image with others of Rasputin to verify its authenticity. 

Rasputin was from a peasant family in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye, in Tyumen region, more than 3,000 kilometres west of Yakutsk. 

Grigory Rasputin


Rasputin and Romanov family

Grigory Rasputin with Romanov family. Pictures: The Siberian Times

Once in St Petersburg he became a society figure and captivated the royals, especially Tsarina Alexandra, who viewed him as a healer, and hoped he could save crown prince Alexei, her son, who suffered from haemophilia. 

His critics saw him as a charlatan who discredited the Russian royals and helped predicate the Russian Revolution. 

He was assassinated by a group of noblemen in 1916 who were concerned at the sway he held over the tsarina.

Comments (4)

This book is the most complete factual history of Rasputin's life I have found.

It is a must read for anybody interested in Rasputin.

Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Doug Smith 2017
G Evanoff, USA
28/05/2018 09:32
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Thanks for sharing this. I have tried to learn all I can about Rasputin, for many years. I have been in the courtyard of his last apartment and to his (symbolic only) grave site in Alexander park, Pushkin.
G Evanoff, USA
28/05/2018 06:21
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Fake!
Dan, St.Petersnurg
22/05/2018 16:24
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That last photo was photoshopped. Rasputin never posed with the Imperial Family. There is only one photo of him with the Empress and the children shortly after he arrived in St. Petersburg. This photo in your story is shameful.
Grace Hession, Thornhill, Canada
21/05/2018 22:01
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