2016 brings with it notable anniversaries of two big political murders from the end of the Russian Empire: 110 years since Georgy Gapon’s death and 100 years since Grigory Rasputin’s murder. We’ve taken this opportunity to look closer at the destinies and deaths of two famous figures of Russian political history.
Gapon and Rasputin share a lot of similarities in their biographies: they were both born to peasant families; later moved from the provinces to Saint Petersburg, the capital of Russian Empire, and became successful; and attained important public statuses close to the highest levels of society. Gapon created the first legal workers organization – the Assembly of Russian Factories and Mill Workers of Saint Petersburg and worked side by side with the city mayor, ministers, political figures and European politicians. Rasputin was a peasant from the small village of Pokrovskoe in the Tobolsk Governorate in western Siberia and became a friend, advisor and guru to the emperor’s family. According to the archives letters, the wife of Nicholas II – Alexandra Feodorovna called Rasputin, «Our friend» and he her «Mother», and Nicholas II «Father».
Gapon and Rasputin lives are closely related with the most important events of Russian political history of the early 20th century. Gapon was killed a month before the first Imperial Duma, which was basically the result of his 1905 «Bloody Sunday» revolution. Some witnesses of that time considered Rasputin's murder to be the first shots of the Russian revolution of 1917-1922, during which Russia’s monarchy was dissolved.
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