The infamous Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man. His claim to fame is befriending the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, in which he gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia. In late 1906, Rasputin began acting as a healer for Alexei, the Tsar and his wife Alexandra's only son, who suffered from hemophilia. At court, he was a divisive figure, seen by some Russians as a mystic, visionary, and prophet, and by others as a religious charlatan.
The high point of Rasputin's power was in 1915, when Nicholas II left St. Petersburg to oversee Russian armies fighting World War I, increasing both Alexandra and Rasputin's influence. As Russian defeats in the war mounted, however, both Rasputin and Alexandra became increasingly unpopular.
After several years of living in the spotlight, a group of Russian aristocrats plotted to murder Rasputin before he could damage the Russian Empire’s reputation any further. Prince Felix Yusupov and his group of conspirators were able to successfully lure Rasputin to his home on the night of 30 December 1916, where they poisoned the supposed “holy man.” To their disbelief, however, the poison had little effect; prompting the Prince to shoot Rasputin. After briefly passing out from his wound, Rasputin awoke and escaped from the Prince’s house, only to be shot twice more in the back and head. Still alive, the conspirators began to viciously beat Rasputin, before they tied him up and dumped his body into the Neiva River; thus, ending the life of one of Russia’s most famous faith healers.
Ironically, Rasputin had predicted his murder in a letter to Tsarina Alexandra. In the letter, he proclaimed that members of the nobility would kill him, leading to the destruction of the royal family as well as bloodshed throughout the Russian empire. Rasputin’s prophesy came true less than seven months later (following his death), with the advent of the Bolshevik Revolution, and the eventual murder of the entire royal family by Communist forces.
After the murder, a maid is said to have found his severed penis and squirreled it away for safekeeping. Another version goes that it was taken after his autopsy. In the 1920's, a group of Russian émigré women in Paris, were said to have gained possession Rasputin’s penis somehow. When Rasputin's only daughter (Marie Rasputin) found out about this, she petitioned to gain possession of his penis. It mysteriously vanished, but in 1994 it reemerged when an American collector named Michael Augustine arrived on the scene with a red velvet pouch containing, he alleged, the mystic’s missing member. He claimed to have acquired it at a storage locker sale in California, tucked in between manuscripts by Marie Rasputin. Apparently she did obtain it in the 1920's and retained it until her death in 1977.
Well, if you have a lot of time on your hands and pretty creepy, you can visit the over 100 year old penis at the Russian Museum of Erotica. It was purchased for over $8,000 dollars. The museum’s curator says that the sight of it can cure impotence. Whether or not it really is Rasputin's penis is still up for debate by some. So you may just be paying to see some random strangers junk. Just saying.
Rasputin on film above