Was the notorious Russian monk killed to stop a deal that would have freed German forces to fight on the Western Front? Rasputin, the Russian monk who became the confidant of the last Tsar, was killed by a British agent. An investigation into his death in 1916 has concluded that he was murdered not as had been supposed by disaffected Russian aristocrats but by Oswald Rayner, a member of the Secret Intelligence Service, who was working at the Russian court in St Petersburg. ONLINE PUBLISHING COMPANY investigates.
Sometimes critical turning points in history are overlooked; pivotal moments are ignored or simply forgotten. But every now and then a web of deceit is deliberately woven around an event. Leaving its true significance concealed so that future generations remember it only as a piece of insignificant trivia, or maybe an item of lurid scandal, rather than a momentous historical episode. One such example is the life and more particularly the death of Gregory Rasputin.
The story of his poisoning, of how he was then shot after the poison failed to take effect, and of how he finally met his end in the waters of an icy Neva River has become legend. According to popular myth Rasputin was a mysterious somewhat dubious man, infamous for drunken debauchery, when he took advantage of the Tsarina’s gullibility and exploited her vulnerability over her son’s ill health. The young Tsarevich was a haemophiliac and during his episodes of bleeding Rasputin seemed, inexplicably, to be able to stop the boy haemorrhaging. It had the young Tsarevich’s doctors at a loss but earned Rasputin the Tsarina’s loyalty and devotion. It also won him influence in Russia’s imperial court. So much so that by 1916, Rasputin, a lowly born peasant held an unprecedented sway over the Russia’s ruling Romanov dynasty. Since then his name has almost become a byword for mystery and debauchery but Rasputin’s role in the events leading up to the Russian revolution remains essentially obscured. In effect a legend has grown up around the man but the reality may be far more intriguing than the popular myth. For Rasputin’s murder may have set the stage for some of the most significant events of the 20th century and ultimately resulted, indirectly, in the deaths of many millions more.
Until recently, the accepted version of events was that Count Felix Yusopov and three accomplices murdered Rasputin in the basement of Yusopov’s Palace in St Petersburg, late one night. After being invited to the Moika Palace, ostensibly to meet Princess Yusopov, Rasputin was led to a basement room that had been especially prepared for the occasion. While upstairs the other conspirators played a phonograph of ‘Yankee Doodle Dandle’ and pretended to have a party, as they waited to dispose of his corpse. First Prince Yusopov fed Rasputin cakes and Madeira laced with cyanide, which appeared to have no perceptible effect. Then, after consulting with his fellow conspirators upstairs, Prince Yussopov returned to the basement and shot Rasputin in the back, aiming for his heart. But as Yussopov leaned over to examine the apparently lifeless corpse, Rasputin suddenly revived and grabbed the horrified Prince by the throat. Struggling free, the terrified Prince ran off while a wounded Rasputin made his way out of the palace, swearing that he would tell the Tsarina of Yussopov’s murderous duplicity. On his way out via a side courtyard more shots rang out as one of Yussopov’s accomplices, Vladimir Purishkevich, shot Rasputin again, this time hitting him in the back of the head. However, that was not the end of it. For although Yussopov and his accomplices spoke of two shots hitting Rasputin, photos from the 1916 autopsy reveal a third bullet wound, fired at close range to the forehead. At the time two British intelligence officers, Oswald Raynor and John Scales, were stationed in St Petersburg at the nearby Hotel Astoria. Raynor had been a close friend of Yussopov’s at Oxford and there are strong indications that he was with Prince Yussopov’s accomplices monitoring events; while downstairs Prince Yussopov himself was pouring Rasputin cyanide laced Madeira.
Yusopov’s palace in St Petersburg
According to Richard Cullen, a retired Scotland Yard commander who has been studying the case with Andrew Cook, an intelligence historian, British intelligence even had a code word for Rasputin. With characteristic cynicism they referred to him as “Dark Forces” and it was almost certain that Oswald Raynor delivered the third and final shot to Rasputin’s head. “I am 99.9 per cent certain of this,” said Mr Cullen in a recent interview. “There is a fair weight of evidence to show that Rayner was the man. We have conclusive proof that the previously accepted versions of events are fabrications.” Indeed the presence of British Intelligence was crucial to the whole operation.
Had they not been there, Yusopov and his accomplices may well have lost their nerve. As it was though, they completed their task under the direction of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (S.I.S.), the forerunner of today’s MI5 and MI6.Despite claims that British intelligence wanted to get rid of Rasputin because he was urging that Russia make peace with Germany, his murder was probably part of a longer term and altogether more sinister agenda. Prince Yuspov was probably first spotted a few years previously while he was at Oxford University, which like Cambridge had become a fertile recruiting ground for British Intelligence. Not only was Prince Yusopov the second richest man in Russia, after the Tsar, he was also close to Russia’s imperial family and as such would have been viewed as a potential asset to be groomed for later use. Future generations of spies, such as Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and ‘Anthony Blunt’ (he was in fact a double agent), were all recruited while studying at Cambridge. No matter that all were to turn double agents, as we shall see, at the very highest level there is little to distinguish those who are working for ‘communism’ and those who work for ‘capitalism’. Moreover, like ‘Blunt’, Burgess and Philby and at least one of his co-conspirators, Grand Duke Dimitri Pavolovich, Prince Yusopov was also a homosexual. This was probably what led him into the thrall of the British Intelligence community in the first place, where homosexuality is still something of a recruitment trademark. In fact an examination of the role later played by ‘Anthony Blunt’ reveals surprising parallels with Prince Yusopov. Both men were related to royalty. Both were homosexuals and both were associated with lavish art collections. The Yusopov’s were avid collectors and the family’s art and antique collection was one of the most prized in Europe. While Anthony Blunt was distantly related to the monarch and official keeper of the royal family’s art collection; a position he held even after he was exposed as a traitor, having betrayed British secrets to the Soviet Union in the 40’s and early 1950’s.But as already noted, at the highest levels there is little to distinguish those who work for ‘capitalism’ and those who labour for ‘communism’.
Despite the different names and apparent ideological differences, they both serve the same overriding agenda. Amazingly however, it was not the gunshot wounds that finally finished Rasputin. The 1916 autopsy, the results of which were reviewed and verified in 1990, reveals that Rasputin did not actually die at Yusopov’s Moiko Palace. According to Professor Sharov, Russia’s foremost pathologist, who carried out the second investigation, the third shot had been fired point blank at Rasputin’s forehead – the hallmark of a professional execution style killing. Yet somehow he had survived even that. Water in his lungs indicates death by drowning, after his body was dumped in to the freezing waters of the Neva. However this was not the first attempt on Rasputin’s life. In June 1914 – significantly perhaps, on the very same day that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo – a religious fanatic had stabbed Rasputin. Although he recovered, the attack left Rasputin an invalid for months afterwards. So from where did Rasputin derive such phenomenal resilience? This writer would suggest that Rasputin possessed an abundance of what the Chinese call Chi or Life Force. It was this that enabled him to help the young Tsar when the Imperial family’s doctors were unable to do anything. For like any real healer, Rasputin was able to transmit this Life Force to the young Tsar and thus restore his ailing body. Apart from explaining Rasputin’s resilience to apparently life-threatening injuries and his ability to heal, it also accounts for his notorious sexual appetite. For in its unrefined state, an abundance of Chi or Life Force also manifests as abundant sexual energy.
Thus reports of Rasputin’s unrestrained sexual appetite may well have an esoteric explanation. However, while stories of his sexual endeavours contain a strong element of truth, they distract from the real significance of events surrounding his death.When the Archimandrite Theophan first presented him to the Tsar and Tsarina in October 1905, Rasputin was introduced as one of the “Chosen”. And the Archimandrite may well have been right, although maybe not quite in the way he understood. Rasputin was in fact an initiate: a man chosen by higher powers to fulfil a task in this world. The fact that he didn’t accomplish this task is more a measure of the forces he opposed, and the task he undertook, than of the man himself. For Rasputin had a destiny which few can envy or aspire to.
Had he fulfilled it he would have changed the course of history, literally. For in the years prior to the revolution, Rasputin was quietly trying to persuade Russia’s imperial rulers to sue for peace with Germany. Too many ordinary Russians were dying, he told them and the Tsarina, at least, was listening. At the time Russia had suffered a series of colossal defeats at the hands of the Germany army. Coupled with food shortages and political agitation, a climate of political unrest was brewing that eventually led to the 1917 Russian revolution. However, if Rasputin had been able to persuade the Romanov’s to make peace with Germany things might have been very different. Russian troops would have then returned home and political tensions might have eased to the point that there may not even have been a revolution. And the consequences of that would have been enormous. Just think about that for a moment, because the entire face of the twentieth century would have been transformed. Not only would hostilities have been brought to a close on the eastern front, but also with troops and supplies from the Eastern Front transferred across Europe, Germany may even have secured victory on the Western Front. Moreover, the ramifications stretch well beyond World War I and the 1917 Russian revolution. For example there may never have been a Second World War or a Chineserevolution. And along with Vietnam and Korea, the numerous other regional conflicts that marked the Cold War may never have happened.
The same applies to the founding of Israel and the various conflicts in the Middle East that followed that. So if Rasputin had persuaded Russia’s imperial family to sue for peace much of what characterised the last century may never have happened. Which is why it was of the utmost importance for the Illuminati to stop him. Had he succeeded, Rasputin would have struck at the very heart of their power. Which in essence, is founded on a principle so compelling and persuasive because it is so simple: turn brother against brother, one nation against another, sell them arms, and then fuel their animosity and profit from the resulting conflict. In short, divide and rule. Rasputin’s murder was only one part of a much bigger picture, however. As malign forces were manoeuvring around the one man who could have prevented a revolution, on the other side of the Atlantic some of Wall Street’s biggest financiers were preparing to fund Russia’s exiled revolutionaries. One such was Jacob Schiff, Chairman of the banking house Kuhn, Loeb & Co. and a minion of the Rothschilds. According to his grandson,
John Schiff, in an admission to New York Journal American, Jacob Schiff “sank about 20 million dollars for the final triumph of Bolshevism”. Meanwhile President Woodrow Wilson provided the exiled Leon Trotsky with an American passport; thus allowing him to return to Russia unhindered aboard the S.S. Kristianiafjord on March 26, 1917. The following month, Lenin too returned from exile in Germany via Stockholm. Travelling back on the train with him, it is said, were gold bars to finance the revolution and twenty men armed with Tommy guns’, then a ‘state of the art’ weapon. Also on board were Lenin’s travelling companions, mostly Jewish extremists many of whom were to play critical roles in the October revolution. So step-by-step, one after another, the pieces were being put into place for a revolution that would transform Russia and ultimately the world, for the rest of the century.
While the past can be seen from a superficial viewpoint, history unfolds, with much deeper and often darker undercurrents concealed from view. In this case a hidden alliance between two entirely different power groups both of which, one would have thought, should have opposed the October revolution. In reality though they didn’t: working hand in glove, they brought about the pivotal event of the last century. On the one hand, European blue bloods: in particular Britain’s Royal Family who were directly related to the Russian Imperial house did all they could to aid their overthrow. Not only did they refuse to help their Russian cousins when they most needed it. They were also the nominal heads of the Secret Intelligence Service, the organisation that orchestrated the killing of the one man who might have prevented the revolution. While on the other hand banking dynasties, largely Jewish, financed revolutionaries and paid political agitators, once again largely Jewish, to help foment a climate of political discontent. Of course, it would be a mistake to blame the “Jews” just as it would be to blame ordinary Britons or Americans. For behind the 1917 Russian revolution were a hybrid elite of Jewish bankers and Anglo-American blue bloods, with loyalty to no one and a readiness to sacrifice even their own kind in the pursuit of power. Indeed, a preoccupation with the threat posed by the Jews probably contributed to the ultimate downfall of the Romanov’s. In the early years of the twentieth century the ‘Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion’ created a sensation, as it seemed to expose a Jewish conspiracy for world domination. Although many have tried to dismiss it as a forgery, the ‘Protocols’ helped focus attention on the threat posed by a Jewish conspiracy; while diverting attention from the very real threat posed by another faction in the alliance: the Anglo-American elite. So that when the fatal blows were finally struck they came from where they were least expected: not from Jewish extremists but from the Romanov’s own cousins, the British Royal Family.
But then treachery and deceit are the very means by which this dark alliance furthers its own power. Just as it once used Prince Yusopov, the man who took the blame for killing Rasputin, and who ended his final days as an exile in Paris. Living out the role of the “man who killed Rasputin”, Yusopov was to tell numerous stories about the event. Often contradictory, they served to throw a veil of disinformation and deceit about the actual killing. For although the ageing homosexual and transvestite implied that Rasputin was secretly in love with him, which is probably yet more disinformation, never once did he even hint at the involvement of the British Secret Intelligence Service in Rasputin’s murder. Like the good intelligence asset he was, that secret went with Prince Yussopov to the grave.