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These sources included the cunning Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich who, rather like the French and British generals on the Western Front, had led his troops to massacre and defeat, trusting in infantry and cavalry against machine guns, and had had to be replaced, the freemasons Maklakov, Dzhunkovsky and the hack journalist Amfiteatrov, the defrocked apostate Sergey (Iliodor) Trufanov, the conscienceless politician Guchkov, the atheists Milyukov and Gorky, the liar Rodzianko, the pervert and occultist Yusupov and the stupid Purishkevich.
They were all traitors who wanted to impose their pagan Russia on Christian Russia.
Belonging to the elite, they were in such a state of demonic delusion that they even convinced themselves that they were doing Russia a service by pandering to their own vanity and plotting against the Tsar and those faithful to him, including the healer of the Heir, and so seizing power.
They believed their own slander and forgeries, when in fact they were talking about their own sins.
I know, I have read the book and seen the film." So goes the view of the average "educated" Western person, as also largely that of the average Soviet citizen.
However, they are all the brainwashed victims of the same slanderer and we recall that the Greek for "slanderer" is "o diavolos," "the devil".
He only changed his mind because he believed slanders told him in confession.
Later he was horrified when he discovered that he had been lied to.
In his memoirs the head of the Police Department, A. Vasiliev, wrote that the results of his many investigations confirmed his initial supposition that there was no compromising correspondence with Rasputin, no letters from the Tsarina. Rasputin was only semi-literate, he would have had difficulty reading anything.What we also know is that he was much respected as a holy elder ("starets") and wonderworking healer by innumerable clergy and laity and that the incredible slanders against him were invented by corrupt sources, both just before the Revolution and immediately afterwards, when his body was dug up and incinerated by fanatics, frightened that veneration for him would grow.All these slanders and the mindless gossip that spread them have to this day been repeated by the sensationalist mammons of Hollywood, by Western and Soviet hack writers and by embittered émigrés who could not accept their responsibility for their self-punishment of exile.He was a pious Christian peasant, married with three children, who gave generous alms, understood the Holy Scriptures better than professors of the Bible, and was so pious that God gave him miraculous powers of healing.As for his surname, a nickname, it was common in his part of Siberia and denotes someone who lives where the roads are bad.