“Our objective was clearly been achieved”
In 1903 Grigori Eftimovich Rasputin arrived in St.Petersburg ,then the capital of the Russian Empire ,and soon gained a reputation as a mystic with healing powers. In 1904 Tsarina Alexandra gave birth to a hemophiliac son, Alexei,at Petehorf. In October 1912 ,the tsarina,disperately fearful that her son will die following an accident, asked a friend, Anna Vryrubova, to make contact with Rasputin,whose reputation has reached royal circles. From his home in Syberia Rasputin prayed for the boy and Alexei recovered. Each time the boy feel ill, the tsarina contacted Rasputin and each tine he “cured” the boy.
The Rasputin influence et court grew. Rasputin claimed that the Russian armies would not succesfull in the First World War until Tsar Nicholas took command. While the tsar was away at the front, Rasputin’s influence over Alexandra grew ever greater. It was a recipe for disaster.
On the night of 16 December a minor Russian royal, Prince Felix, collected Rasputin in a car from his home at 64 Gorokhovaya Street on the pretence that he was taking Rasputin to meet a beautiful Russian Romanov woman who was married to a homosexual transvestite, Yussopoff.
Prince Felix took Rasputin to the basement of 94 Moika, his luxury home, where there were at least two women present. Also there were Lieutenant Oswald Rayner and Captain Stephen J. Alley, British soldiers attached to the Secret Intelligence Service Station in St Petersburg.
Rasputin was offered cakes and red wine liberally laced with cyanide but he refused them, so an attempt was made to beat him to death. Art autopsy of Rasputin’s body shows that, among other injuries, his right eye was detached from its socket, his genitals had been crushed, there was a gaping wound in his back, and his right ear was almost ripped off.
Assuming that Rasputin was dead, the assassins carried him outside. He groaned, indicating that he was alive, so was put into a sitting position against a snowdrift and was shot twice. The body was wrapped in a cloth and carried to a waiting car. As the assassins made for the car, Rasputin made a noise, alerting them to the fact that he was, astonishingly, still alive. He was placed on the ground and shot through the forehead, killing him instantly. The bullet that finished him off was reported to be a Webley .455 inch unjacketed round. Rasputin’s body was taken to the icy River Neva and thrown in.
The only man present at the killing who owned a Webley was Oswald Rayner. Captain Stephen Alley wrote eight days after the murder, “Although matters here have not proceeded entirely to plan, our objective has clearly been achieved.”
At 8.40am on Monday 19 December Rasputin’s body was retrieved. The corpse took two days to thaw sufficiently for a post mortem to be performed. The face was black and the eyes and nose swollen. The legs from the knees down were tied in a sack but the arms were free and were bent at the elbows as if clawing for air.
94 Moika, St Petersburg, Russia
Friday 16 December 1916
No one was charged with the murder of Rasputin. Tsar Nicholas exiled Yussopoff to Kursk and co-conspirator Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich to Persia.
The tsarina arranged for Rasputin’s body to be buried in the ground of Tsarkoye Selo at 8.30am on 21 December 1916. Following the February Revolution, his body was dug up and burned in a nearby wood. Oswald Rayner burned all his papers before his death in Oxford from cancer on 6 March 1961.