Rasputin: Love Machine, Mad Monk, or Fabricated Myth? with Vadim Malinovsky

Rasputin: Love Machine, Mad Monk, or Fabricated Myth? with Vadim Malinovsky


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Join historian Vadim Malinovsky to uncover the secrets of one of the world’s most mysterious characters. Who was Grigori Rasputin and what role did he play in Russian history? More importantly, how much of his life was real and how much was a complete fabrication?

Rasputin’s murder on December 17, 1916, is known as the “first shot of the Revolution”, a testament to his importance to the history of Russia. And yet this enigmatic character is no clearer to us today than he was at the peak of his influence. Was he a healer? A holy man? Or was he a sinner?

We will start our discovery at the beginning, with Rasputin’s birth and early years leading up to his arrival in St. Petersburg. After exploring his connections to the Royal family and learning about the nature of his influence among their ranks, and why many wanted him out of the way, we will discuss his death and the long-lasting consequences of his assassination. We will place Rasputin in the context of Russian history to understand why his impact is so great and so important, even today.

Rasputin has had a lasting influence on popular culture, in Russia and around the world. We will spend some time learning about how the myths surrounding the man have worked their way into films, cartoons, songs, and brand names. We can even trace his impact on United States contract law after a dispute about his representation in a Hollywood film.

Led by historian Vadim Malinovsky this seminar will be a deep dive into the turbulent years of the Russian Empire before the Revolution. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the real role this man played in the dramatic events of pre-revolutionary years.

Vadim is a historian (MA) who has graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. His focus is contemporary Russian history. He is working on a PhD dissertation on Stalin’s national policy.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Fascinating truth of Rasputin

The myth, the truth, the history... we've all seen stories of Rasputin, but who was he really? What did he do? How do people think of him? You will learn here...

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In depth look at Rasputin with excellent materials and delivery

Vadim does an excellent presentation. Well thought out, with diverse and interesting materials.

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D.n.
Thoroughly enjoy talk on Rasputin

Quite the character, it was those eyes that even his daughter inherited, I was sorry that I missed seeing the palace he was murdered in on my visit to St Petersburg

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Fascinating truth of Rasputin

The myth, the truth, the history... we've all seen stories of Rasputin, but who was he really? What did he do? How do people think of him? You will learn here...

J
J.
In depth look at Rasputin with excellent materials and delivery

Vadim does an excellent presentation. Well thought out, with diverse and interesting materials.

D
D.n.
Thoroughly enjoy talk on Rasputin

Quite the character, it was those eyes that even his daughter inherited, I was sorry that I missed seeing the palace he was murdered in on my visit to St Petersburg

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