Author: Andrew CookPublisher: Roli BooksYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 287ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788174366559
The murder of Rasputin on the night of 16-17 December 1916 has always seemed extraordinary: first he was poisoned, then shot and finally drowned in a frozen river by Russian aristocrats fearful of his influence on Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.Dramatic new evidence from previously unpublished documents, diaries, forensic reports and intelligence records now means the plot takes a remarkable twist.Grigori Rasputin is probably one of the best known but least understood figures in the events that ultimately led to the downfall of the Russian Tsars some nine decades ago. His political role as the power behind the throne is obscured today, as it was then, by the fascination with his morality and private life. Andrew Cook’s re-investigation of Rasputin’s death reveals the real masterminds behind the murder of the ‘mad monk.’Why does the story of a distant Siberian village becoming the all powerful favourite of the last Russian Tsar excite us more than almost any other episode in Russian history? Why are there more lies and concealment than truth in the story of his murder? Was this extraordinary man an evil demon who brought down the Royal Family, or somebody who could have been its saviour. To Kill Rasputin finally provides the answers to many mysteries surrounding this pivotal moment in Russian history.
AcknowledgementsNote on DatesPrefacePrincipal CharactersManhuntFinger of SuspicionBody of evidenceThe Spies Who Came into the ColdDark ForcesOn the BrinkWar GamesCards on the TableA Room in the BasementOnce Upon a TimeEnd of the RoadAftermathAppendicesAbbreviations Used in Notes and BibliographyNotesBibliographyList of IllustrationsIndex