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An evil sorcerer, undercover spy, and the secret lover of the Empress. A man of great mystery and intrigue, the infamous Rasputin has been called all these names and more. But do we really know the full story? In this episode, Nat uncovers the unbelievable life of Grigory Rasputin and the last Russian emperor. Help us improve the quality of our podcast by contributing to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HowDidWeNotKnowThat

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hello everybody and welcome back to

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another episode of how did we not know

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that

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my name’s jack and i’m nat

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and today nat is going to tell us about

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the history of

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russia i believe because i peeked at

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your docs

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yeah today i’m talking about rasputin

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and the last russian emperor

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is it rasputin or rasputin

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oh i thought it was rice putin

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putin i only asked because

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in just dance three there’s that song

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called

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rasputin and it goes ra ra rasputin

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lover of the russian queen

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his name is rasputin in that

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wait okay actually i’m gonna like check

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this really quick

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okay apparently that’s putin rasputin

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okay okay disputing um they were just

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like

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raspberry tea they probably just tried

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to make it rhyme it’s fine

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because poutine is like the food the

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canadian food it’s very good but

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oh i do like putin or number one

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is going to come back for me during my

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campaign

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okay so so besides the just dance 3

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song what have you heard about rasputin

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so from the song he is um

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no actually i do know a little bit i

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think he was a shaman

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as the people would say so he was like a

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medicine man

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and a bit of a psychic and i think he

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was

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guiding or giving guidance to the

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russian family

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and he said if you ever betray me

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or don’t listen to me you will all

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die or something like that he gave a

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prophecy like that and then sure enough

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i think something happened to him and

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then the entire family

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met like it’s downfall so wow that’s

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exactly that’s the whole story

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okay thank you i’m totally just kidding

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no yeah

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but you really got it like exactly

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correct like um

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he yeah he was like this weird not sorry

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not weird but like he had this very like

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mysterious aura to him

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and he was like this mystical healer um

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and yeah he did reward the

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russian imperial family that they yeah

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that if they ever left him

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they would die and yeah so let’s see how

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that turned but

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um so yeah so you know a lot because

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he’s like a really big figure i feel

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like in

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not like pop culture but i feel like a

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lot of people know about rasputin even

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if they don’t know

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a lot about russian history um yeah i

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think you’ve heard the name

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shirley yeah yeah cause just because

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he’s like a wild

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character but his name so his name is

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gregory rasputin and he was born in

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siberia in 1869 and he was raised as a

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peasant

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and later like when he was younger i

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think around 19 years old he married a

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local woman

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named pascovia

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and he’s father good job on that

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these are my people so i have africa are

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you russian

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i’m like you okay my family says we’re

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ukrainian

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borders change you know we nah

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i literally am also my great grandpa was

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born on the border of the ukraine and

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formerly chuckle slovakia but he

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identifies as a slovakian

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oh my gosh are you serious

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like the long-lost cousins probably

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probably continue please yeah okay

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so okay so he fathered three surviving

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children

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and him and his family lived and worked

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on

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the farm together but then in 1892

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he left the farm to spend several months

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at a monastery

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and there he earned the nickname the mad

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monk

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and technically he wasn’t actually a

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monk because he never

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actually took the holy orders um and

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also

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like he was very passionate about

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religion

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but he like his um

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i guess like his personal life

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conflicted a lot with his

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like religious piety um so like

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he continued to see his wife and family

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even though

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most holy men usually give up their past

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lives once they joined the monastery

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and he was like known like everyone knew

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he was

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a very big fan of alcohol

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and brothels like he was always drunk

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and always having affairs like he did

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not try to keep it secret so

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even that’s not just for monks that’s

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like a general

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thing is like yeah and like he

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yeah so he was like oh i’m a holy man

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and people are like

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maybe not and what denomination can i

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ask

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a russian orthodox okay it’s like

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orthodox

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christian meaning okay yeah yeah yeah

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they’re not like orthodox catholics no

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yeah i’m sure it’s it sounds different

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yeah but russian orthodox but yeah so he

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so rasputin had a very memorable

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personality

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and his passion for religion as well as

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his strong charisma

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brought him to the attention of some

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like russian orthodox clergymen

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and other senior members of the imperial

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family

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and through those connections he was

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then

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introduced to czar nicholas ii

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and his wife alexandra so before i get

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into that

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i just want to like give a background

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about what russia

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is like at this time um when

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basically russia was in political

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turmoil when

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nicholas ii became tsar in 1894 and also

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like czar

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is just like kind of another word for

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emperor it’s like the russian word

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um and so he became zarya in 1894 his

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father had ruled russia with an

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iron fist he was not a great guy

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he forced everyone in the empire to

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speak russian

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even though like there are several

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languages spoken

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there and then there’s no freedom of the

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press

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and then there were also very weak

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political institutions

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kind of like we talked about in the

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middle east

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episode like the judicial system was

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very corrupt and

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all that classic stuff and so nicholas

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ii

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was not prepared and he didn’t want to

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become

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tsar actually like when he was crowned

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he

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asked his advisor what is going to

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happen to me to all of russia

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i’m not prepared to be czar i never

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wanted to become one

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so yeah it’s kind of sad he was like he

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really didn’t

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want yeah but he was the heir to the

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throne so

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what age was he when he had to take over

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sorry

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i actually no idea let me look that up

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because uh i don’t know i feel like if

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you’re older maybe you would have been

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groomed for it hopefully you wouldn’t be

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that nervous to rule an

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entire nation yeah

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um he was 26.

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so like you’re grown enough i guess like

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your dad didn’t talk to you

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about his dad no his dad like really

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didn’t have a good relationship with him

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and like

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he did not so okay

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yeah so he was just like he was starting

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off at a low point

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like he’s not happy to be there

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and then so he assumes power he’s 26 so

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he’s

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pretty young and he is not really

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well liked by the russian people so

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while he’s tsar they

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uh russia gets involved in the russo

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japanese war they’re fighting

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japan and the people there wasn’t a lot

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of public support for this war

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like they didn’t agree with it and they

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didn’t like that

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they were like fighting and risking all

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their lives and resources

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and then in 1905 his government oh also

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japan won this war sorry so they also

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like lost this

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unpopular war so they’re even more

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pissed um

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and then later in 1905 nicholas the

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second

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government massacred about 100 unarmed

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protesters during a peaceful assembly

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so the public they’re like what the heck

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it was really bad um and then like on

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top of this

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he didn’t have a civil relationship with

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with the duma and the duma is like the

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russian

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equivalent of congress um it’s like

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their representative

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branch and so he didn’t have a good

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relationship with

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them they’re like we hate you too

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oh no wait so if this russian russian

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government

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is a constitutional monarchy yes

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yes like the emperor and then they also

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have a representative

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branch okay why does everyone not like

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him

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does he like just do a terrible job when

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he starts

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yeah like well he’s like fighting all

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these wars

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and then killing all these like innocent

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civilians

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um and he’s just like i don’t think he’s

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a very good like public speaker

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he just doesn’t have like that charisma

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about him because like he’s also like

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pretty young and he’s just like

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unenthusiastic like

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people can tell i think that he doesn’t

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want to be there and they’re like

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okay and they’re starting to get sick of

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the monarchy they’re like we

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like why are you even ruling us then

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like just leave

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that that comes into play later um and

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like i think

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the one of the biggest uh reasons for

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people’s hatred towards him was uh

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in 1914 when russia was drawn into world

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war one

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but they were very unprepared to fight

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and

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russia actually suffered the largest

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number of deaths in world war one

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and this is literally insane like i

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can’t comprehend how many people died

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so there were 1.8 million military

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deaths

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and then 1.5 million civilian deaths

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so literally two million

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russians died in world war one oh my

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gosh

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like so russia is in shambles at the

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time

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and they’re like blaming the emperor

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so they don’t like him yeah

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wow why why so many civilians were they

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just like

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there was just battles like in civilian

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area

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yeah i think so i weren’t there like

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black oh my gosh

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i need to like refresh my memory on

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world war one history but i think there

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went there were like a lot of blockades

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and then a lot of people like died of

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starvation because oh

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yes was it world war two oh gosh

0:11:23.440,0:11:29.279
probably both both wars yeah but i think

0:11:26.800,0:11:32.800
a lot of people died from starvation

0:11:29.279,0:11:35.519
which is okay which is awful

0:11:32.800,0:11:36.160
um yeah that makes sense i think i heard

0:11:35.519,0:11:39.680
about this

0:11:36.160,0:11:41.920
it was like yeah basically that the

0:11:39.680,0:11:43.680
the army was like did not learn how to

0:11:41.920,0:11:45.360
fight at all so they kind of just like

0:11:43.680,0:11:48.399
got let into massacre

0:11:45.360,0:11:49.600
and then yeah yeah that just like ruined

0:11:48.399,0:11:51.519
they were not prepared to fight because

0:11:49.600,0:11:54.720
they recently lost like the

0:11:51.519,0:11:54.720
russo-japanese war

0:11:54.880,0:12:00.240
then they enter world war one which is

0:11:56.320,0:12:00.240
like oh [ _ ] oh it’s like oh [ _ ]

0:12:03.120,0:12:07.200
yeah wait what was the russo japanese

0:12:05.920,0:12:09.600
war about

0:12:07.200,0:12:10.320
were they fighting off for land or what

0:12:09.600,0:12:12.800
yeah

0:12:10.320,0:12:15.279
i think it was like territorial because

0:12:12.800,0:12:18.480
there’s like a disputed island

0:12:15.279,0:12:21.680
yeah the krugman islands or something

0:12:18.480,0:12:25.600
no yeah it’s the cure

0:12:21.680,0:12:28.320
cural islands yeah

0:12:25.600,0:12:30.000
yeah everyone should read silly isles

0:12:28.320,0:12:30.880
and then read the chapter about the curl

0:12:30.000,0:12:32.240
islands because that’s

0:12:30.880,0:12:33.440
or just like do your own research

0:12:32.240,0:12:35.040
because it’s very interesting because

0:12:33.440,0:12:38.880
both japan and russia

0:12:35.040,0:12:42.240
claim the island which is yeah

0:12:38.880,0:12:44.720
the silly isles by eric campbell yeah

0:12:42.240,0:12:45.519
great journalist read and then you learn

0:12:44.720,0:12:48.639
a lot too

0:12:45.519,0:12:50.480
so um yeah so this is

0:12:48.639,0:12:52.959
basically this this is what russia looks

0:12:50.480,0:12:56.480
like at the time and they’re not

0:12:52.959,0:12:58.800
in a good spot and then like a lot of

0:12:56.480,0:12:59.519
again like there’s a huge division

0:12:58.800,0:13:01.600
between the

0:12:59.519,0:13:02.880
peasantry and like the working class and

0:13:01.600,0:13:05.760
then the noble

0:13:02.880,0:13:06.720
elites of russia like there’s a huge

0:13:05.760,0:13:09.040
wealth gap

0:13:06.720,0:13:10.000
so the monarchy like all the peasants a

0:13:09.040,0:13:12.480
lot of the presidents hate

0:13:10.000,0:13:13.519
the monarchy because they’re like just

0:13:12.480,0:13:15.680
like so

0:13:13.519,0:13:17.279
extremely wealthy and they’re living and

0:13:15.680,0:13:17.920
like extreme lavish and they’re like

0:13:17.279,0:13:20.160
what the heck

0:13:17.920,0:13:22.079
i can barely afford my next meal and

0:13:20.160,0:13:25.760
like here you are in this palace

0:13:22.079,0:13:27.839
so there people are upset about that um

0:13:25.760,0:13:29.279
and so let me let me get into the

0:13:27.839,0:13:31.360
imperial family now

0:13:29.279,0:13:34.560
so basically the imperial family

0:13:31.360,0:13:35.680
consisted of nicholas ii his wife

0:13:34.560,0:13:38.480
alexandra

0:13:35.680,0:13:39.360
and their four daughters olga maria

0:13:38.480,0:13:42.240
tatiana

0:13:39.360,0:13:43.040
and anastasia and then their only son

0:13:42.240,0:13:46.160
alexi

0:13:43.040,0:13:49.279
who was the heir to the throne and

0:13:46.160,0:13:50.639
alexi suffered from hemophilia which is

0:13:49.279,0:13:52.639
a rare

0:13:50.639,0:13:53.680
disorder where your blood doesn’t clot

0:13:52.639,0:13:55.839
so like if you got

0:13:53.680,0:13:56.880
even like a tiny cut you would bleed to

0:13:55.839,0:13:59.199
death

0:13:56.880,0:14:00.079
yeah i think that’s known as the royal

0:13:59.199,0:14:01.760
disease

0:14:00.079,0:14:03.399
because it happens a lot in royal

0:14:01.760,0:14:07.600
families because of the

0:14:03.399,0:14:10.959
inbreeding for pure blood

0:14:07.600,0:14:13.680
rut yeah yeah

0:14:10.959,0:14:16.160
so he has hemophilia and he’s he had

0:14:13.680,0:14:19.040
been in poor health since he was born

0:14:16.160,0:14:19.680
and the imperial couple had consulted

0:14:19.040,0:14:23.199
more

0:14:19.680,0:14:24.880
like unconventional spiritual spiritual

0:14:23.199,0:14:28.839
advisors before

0:14:24.880,0:14:30.320
but when they met rasputin everything

0:14:28.839,0:14:32.399
changed

0:14:30.320,0:14:34.000
so when they met rasputin everything

0:14:32.399,0:14:36.880
changed because

0:14:34.000,0:14:39.360
rasputin’s healing process proved to be

0:14:36.880,0:14:39.680
beneficial to alexis condition and they

0:14:39.360,0:14:41.600
saw

0:14:39.680,0:14:42.800
like immediate improvements in his

0:14:41.600,0:14:44.639
health so they had like

0:14:42.800,0:14:46.000
gone through all these doctors all these

0:14:44.639,0:14:47.680
spiritual healers

0:14:46.000,0:14:49.760
and then nothing had worked finally

0:14:47.680,0:14:52.560
rasputin came and

0:14:49.760,0:14:53.760
they saw progress in alexis condition

0:14:52.560,0:14:57.600
and they were like

0:14:53.760,0:15:00.720
oh my gosh like you are amazing you know

0:14:57.600,0:15:03.120
what did he do do you know yeah so

0:15:00.720,0:15:04.399
um i’ll tell you right now so basically

0:15:03.120,0:15:05.120
like there are a lot of myths

0:15:04.399,0:15:06.880
surrounding

0:15:05.120,0:15:09.600
rasputin and one of those myths is that

0:15:06.880,0:15:11.120
he had magical healing powers um

0:15:09.600,0:15:12.720
obviously like oh sorry i shouldn’t say

0:15:11.120,0:15:16.160
obviously um this is not actually

0:15:12.720,0:15:16.720
true many historians believe that the

0:15:16.160,0:15:19.279
reason

0:15:16.720,0:15:20.079
alexi’s condition improved was because

0:15:19.279,0:15:22.320
rasputin

0:15:20.079,0:15:23.519
insisted that other doctors stay away

0:15:22.320,0:15:26.160
from him

0:15:23.519,0:15:27.839
and because of limited knowledge on

0:15:26.160,0:15:30.480
medicine at the time

0:15:27.839,0:15:32.079
russian doctors were giving him aspirin

0:15:30.480,0:15:35.519
they were just resp

0:15:32.079,0:15:37.519
prescribing alexi asprin to cure

0:15:35.519,0:15:39.440
his disease and because i was kind of

0:15:37.519,0:15:41.920
known as the cure-all at the time

0:15:39.440,0:15:43.040
but aspirin actually thins the blood

0:15:41.920,0:15:45.360
which makes

0:15:43.040,0:15:47.040
his hemophilia condition worse so then

0:15:45.360,0:15:49.759
once the doctor stopped giving him

0:15:47.040,0:15:52.079
aspirin they were able to see it like

0:15:49.759,0:15:54.639
improvement

0:15:52.079,0:15:55.839
and yeah so that’s kind of the reason

0:15:54.639,0:15:58.079
why

0:15:55.839,0:16:00.240
his condition improved and also just

0:15:58.079,0:16:03.360
like rasputin’s personality

0:16:00.240,0:16:06.480
and his aura like painted this picture

0:16:03.360,0:16:09.839
of success because he was able to read

0:16:06.480,0:16:12.079
the couples inner hopes and like he told

0:16:09.839,0:16:15.440
them exactly what they wanted to hear

0:16:12.079,0:16:16.240
and he especially he formed like a

0:16:15.440,0:16:18.480
really

0:16:16.240,0:16:21.279
tight relationship with alexandra he was

0:16:18.480,0:16:23.600
able to soothe all her anxieties

0:16:21.279,0:16:26.000
and he encouraged nicholas to have more

0:16:23.600,0:16:28.160
confidence in his role as a czar

0:16:26.000,0:16:29.600
so like he knew all of their weaknesses

0:16:28.160,0:16:31.519
basically and like

0:16:29.600,0:16:32.639
he was like no i’m here to help you like

0:16:31.519,0:16:35.920
you need me

0:16:32.639,0:16:36.959
you know yeah it’s like a modern day

0:16:35.920,0:16:40.160
therapist

0:16:36.959,0:16:43.680
slash people person

0:16:40.160,0:16:45.279
he knew how to like work with people

0:16:43.680,0:16:47.040
and he knew how to get what he wanted

0:16:45.279,0:16:49.279
from people so

0:16:47.040,0:16:51.440
um and so this is like kind of where his

0:16:49.279,0:16:54.240
role as a healer

0:16:51.440,0:16:56.160
transitions to like a much more powerful

0:16:54.240,0:16:57.519
figure in the imperial court because

0:16:56.160,0:17:00.880
like he’s just there to

0:16:57.519,0:17:03.279
cure alexi but um like

0:17:00.880,0:17:04.000
obviously he stayed for a lot longer so

0:17:03.279,0:17:06.720
there are

0:17:04.000,0:17:08.559
also a lot of myths around this topic a

0:17:06.720,0:17:10.240
lot of people think that he was like a

0:17:08.559,0:17:12.480
secret puppet master

0:17:10.240,0:17:13.360
for the imperial couple and actually

0:17:12.480,0:17:16.799
secretly ran

0:17:13.360,0:17:20.400
russia um and like because

0:17:16.799,0:17:22.160
of his odd nature and then his constant

0:17:20.400,0:17:24.799
presence in the royal court

0:17:22.160,0:17:26.160
rumors about this spread very quickly

0:17:24.799,0:17:28.000
within russia

0:17:26.160,0:17:30.559
and everyone was like what is he up to

0:17:28.000,0:17:33.679
like this guy’s so suspicious

0:17:30.559,0:17:36.240
um in reality like he did offer

0:17:33.679,0:17:36.880
military advice occasionally to nicholas

0:17:36.240,0:17:39.679
ii

0:17:36.880,0:17:40.559
but it like his ideas never actually

0:17:39.679,0:17:42.720
helped him

0:17:40.559,0:17:44.720
like it never actually proved to be like

0:17:42.720,0:17:47.440
good ideas so

0:17:44.720,0:17:48.880
um yeah he didn’t have a huge influence

0:17:47.440,0:17:51.919
over the military

0:17:48.880,0:17:52.880
um however he did have a lot of

0:17:51.919,0:17:56.320
influence

0:17:52.880,0:17:58.880
over alexandra and nicholas was away

0:17:56.320,0:18:00.160
fighting a lot um like fighting all

0:17:58.880,0:18:02.240
these wars and so

0:18:00.160,0:18:04.000
rasputin did have enough time to appoint

0:18:02.240,0:18:05.440
his own church ministers and other

0:18:04.000,0:18:08.080
public officials

0:18:05.440,0:18:10.080
and alexandra would dismiss ministers

0:18:08.080,0:18:12.080
who were skeptical of rasputin

0:18:10.080,0:18:13.600
so there was like he did have a lot of

0:18:12.080,0:18:16.400
influence in that regard

0:18:13.600,0:18:19.039
and so obviously this really upset the

0:18:16.400,0:18:21.120
other russian elites and nobles

0:18:19.039,0:18:22.799
which comes into play later because like

0:18:21.120,0:18:25.360
at the time

0:18:22.799,0:18:26.320
um so i really like reading like old

0:18:25.360,0:18:29.520
russian literature

0:18:26.320,0:18:31.600
like anna and like brother karamazov

0:18:29.520,0:18:33.360
and like in all these books like they

0:18:31.600,0:18:37.120
just really

0:18:33.360,0:18:38.160
they really uh crap on russian elites

0:18:37.120,0:18:40.400
basically

0:18:38.160,0:18:42.000
because at this time like the nobles had

0:18:40.400,0:18:44.640
so much influence over

0:18:42.000,0:18:46.240
the imperial family and like they’re all

0:18:44.640,0:18:49.360
like cousins and they’re all

0:18:46.240,0:18:50.880
trying to like gain power and like rule

0:18:49.360,0:18:53.520
russia

0:18:50.880,0:18:54.160
and yeah so it’s like pretty corrupt at

0:18:53.520,0:18:57.600
the time

0:18:54.160,0:18:59.840
and it’s uh not very democratic so

0:18:57.600,0:19:01.840
yeah again like peasants really hated

0:18:59.840,0:19:04.799
that aspect of the monarchy

0:19:01.840,0:19:05.600
um and yeah and then before we move on

0:19:04.799,0:19:08.160
there are also

0:19:05.600,0:19:11.200
like a lot of rumors that rasputin was

0:19:08.160,0:19:14.320
having a secret affair with alexandra

0:19:11.200,0:19:16.880
but there’s actually no evidence of this

0:19:14.320,0:19:18.000
and these rumors about their

0:19:16.880,0:19:20.720
relationship

0:19:18.000,0:19:21.840
they also began early and they spread

0:19:20.720,0:19:24.480
very quickly

0:19:21.840,0:19:27.360
throughout russia because like of his

0:19:24.480,0:19:30.400
reputation for like sexual deviancy

0:19:27.360,0:19:32.640
and his frequent visits to brothels um

0:19:30.400,0:19:34.960
he was also having affairs with other

0:19:32.640,0:19:38.880
high society ladies

0:19:34.960,0:19:41.919
and while alexandra did

0:19:38.880,0:19:43.679
embroider shirts for him and she and her

0:19:41.919,0:19:45.679
friends were invited to his home

0:19:43.679,0:19:48.000
sometimes like there’s no actual

0:19:45.679,0:19:51.679
evidence that they were having an affair

0:19:48.000,0:19:52.000
so yeah okay so that line in the song is

0:19:51.679,0:19:54.480
just

0:19:52.000,0:19:56.640
speculation where they said he was the

0:19:54.480,0:19:59.039
lover of the russian queen

0:19:56.640,0:20:00.640
yeah yeah yeah that’s like kind of like

0:19:59.039,0:20:02.000
people like joke about it now and

0:20:00.640,0:20:04.000
they’re like oh that’s why he had so

0:20:02.000,0:20:06.640
much influence and it’s like

0:20:04.000,0:20:08.799
i don’t know i don’t think it was true i

0:20:06.640,0:20:10.400
like just a lot of rumors

0:20:08.799,0:20:12.080
there’s just so many rumors about him

0:20:10.400,0:20:14.400
because he was such a

0:20:12.080,0:20:15.760
weird unpredictable guy and like people

0:20:14.400,0:20:18.159
didn’t know the extent

0:20:15.760,0:20:19.440
of like his like powers they thought he

0:20:18.159,0:20:21.919
was like this magical man

0:20:19.440,0:20:24.000
so yeah and i’m sure a lot of this is

0:20:21.919,0:20:27.039
happening behind closed doors so

0:20:24.000,0:20:30.559
no one really knows unless you’re there

0:20:27.039,0:20:31.120
yeah exactly yeah so i mean that’s true

0:20:30.559,0:20:34.080
like well

0:20:31.120,0:20:35.520
we don’t really know but yeah and so

0:20:34.080,0:20:38.640
yeah that’s kind of like

0:20:35.520,0:20:40.480
a big uh like important thing to

0:20:38.640,0:20:42.400
remember about rasputin is that the

0:20:40.480,0:20:44.559
russian people were scared of him

0:20:42.400,0:20:46.559
because they didn’t know who he was like

0:20:44.559,0:20:48.880
he called himself a holy man

0:20:46.559,0:20:50.320
even though he had he had no formal

0:20:48.880,0:20:53.840
affiliation with a

0:20:50.320,0:20:55.760
russian orthodox church and he was very

0:20:53.840,0:20:58.240
passionately religious but he was also a

0:20:55.760,0:20:59.760
huge drunk and he was constantly having

0:20:58.240,0:21:01.520
affairs with women

0:20:59.760,0:21:02.880
and then he declared himself the

0:21:01.520,0:21:05.440
self-appointed

0:21:02.880,0:21:07.360
representative of the russian peasantry

0:21:05.440,0:21:08.640
but he was also like living with the

0:21:07.360,0:21:10.240
imperial family

0:21:08.640,0:21:12.559
like in this palace and so they’re like

0:21:10.240,0:21:15.360
okay you’re not really a peasant anymore

0:21:12.559,0:21:17.360
and so nobody knew what was true and

0:21:15.360,0:21:18.320
what was false what was myth what was

0:21:17.360,0:21:21.200
fact

0:21:18.320,0:21:23.120
um yeah and like the extent of his grip

0:21:21.200,0:21:23.840
on the imperial family so it was really

0:21:23.120,0:21:26.960
easy for

0:21:23.840,0:21:29.200
rumors to be spread about him and so

0:21:26.960,0:21:31.360
after the russian revolution

0:21:29.200,0:21:32.240
which like spoiler alert it’s happening

0:21:31.360,0:21:35.440
soon and i’ll

0:21:32.240,0:21:38.240
talk about it later but um his life was

0:21:35.440,0:21:39.440
exaggerated and embellished by his

0:21:38.240,0:21:41.520
enemies in order to

0:21:39.440,0:21:44.080
propagandize his life and kind of make

0:21:41.520,0:21:47.600
him into this like evil villain like

0:21:44.080,0:21:48.799
this evil sorcerer you know so a lot of

0:21:47.600,0:21:51.200
aspects of his life have been

0:21:48.799,0:21:53.200
exaggerated a lot and that’s

0:21:51.200,0:21:54.799
like kind of the image that has stuck

0:21:53.200,0:21:57.280
over time you know

0:21:54.799,0:21:58.400
okay but people did that i guess people

0:21:57.280,0:22:01.600
did that

0:21:58.400,0:22:04.880
to um like get

0:22:01.600,0:22:05.600
the local russians to not like support

0:22:04.880,0:22:08.240
him

0:22:05.600,0:22:09.600
like what’s the point of doing that well

0:22:08.240,0:22:13.120
i’ll get into it

0:22:09.600,0:22:17.919
later but basically they’re like

0:22:13.120,0:22:20.080
um well okay yeah his enemies were like

0:22:17.919,0:22:22.159
oh like look at this guy who has this

0:22:20.080,0:22:23.760
control over the imperial couple and

0:22:22.159,0:22:25.679
he’s actually the one

0:22:23.760,0:22:27.760
who decides what’s going on what’s going

0:22:25.679,0:22:29.280
on in russia like not the people

0:22:27.760,0:22:31.280
and they’re like oh the imperial family

0:22:29.280,0:22:32.559
is so corrupt so that’s kind of

0:22:31.280,0:22:34.720
they’re like they were corrupted by this

0:22:32.559,0:22:37.840
evil sorcerer guy so i think that’s what

0:22:34.720,0:22:41.280
oh it’s like propaganda for overthrowing

0:22:37.840,0:22:43.760
excuse me the monarchy yes yeah okay

0:22:41.280,0:22:44.799
i’ll like go more into detail because

0:22:43.760,0:22:47.280
that’s like

0:22:44.799,0:22:49.039
it gets complicated but yeah but that’s

0:22:47.280,0:22:49.520
like his enemies that was his enemies

0:22:49.039,0:22:52.480
argument

0:22:49.520,0:22:54.400
kind of um and so yeah like another

0:22:52.480,0:22:55.440
reason why these rumors spread so

0:22:54.400,0:22:58.159
quickly

0:22:55.440,0:22:59.200
about rasputin was because nicholas ii

0:22:58.159,0:23:01.200
had actually given

0:22:59.200,0:23:02.400
a lot more rights to the press so they

0:23:01.200,0:23:05.120
were free to print

0:23:02.400,0:23:07.039
all these rumors about rasputin and it

0:23:05.120,0:23:08.880
was not only in russia it was overseas

0:23:07.039,0:23:09.200
as well like a lot of people knew about

0:23:08.880,0:23:11.679
him

0:23:09.200,0:23:12.320
just because he was like this wild guy

0:23:11.679,0:23:14.080
and

0:23:12.320,0:23:15.440
like a lot of people wanted to read

0:23:14.080,0:23:17.760
about him you know

0:23:15.440,0:23:19.840
um there were even rumors that he was

0:23:17.760,0:23:22.159
committing treason with a german

0:23:19.840,0:23:24.400
enemy and he had started the cholera

0:23:22.159,0:23:26.880
epidemic in saint petersburg

0:23:24.400,0:23:27.840
but like this is obviously not true but

0:23:26.880,0:23:31.919
yeah it’s just like

0:23:27.840,0:23:34.840
is it is it we don’t really know diddy

0:23:31.919,0:23:36.480
i mean yeah that could be another like

0:23:34.840,0:23:38.960
conspiracy

0:23:36.480,0:23:40.400
recipe and start the cholera epidemic

0:23:38.960,0:23:42.240
but yeah it like

0:23:40.400,0:23:43.919
to me it’s like it sounds like it’s like

0:23:42.240,0:23:46.960
tabloid magazines you know

0:23:43.919,0:23:48.480
he’s like the first like celebrity

0:23:46.960,0:23:50.000
where they’re like spreading all these

0:23:48.480,0:23:52.480
like crazy rumors like oh my

0:23:50.000,0:23:54.480
god what’s he gonna do next and like who

0:23:52.480,0:23:58.400
is rasputin you know

0:23:54.480,0:24:01.520
yeah imagine it um

0:23:58.400,0:24:03.520
and okay so i actually like didn’t know

0:24:01.520,0:24:06.640
the details of this

0:24:03.520,0:24:10.799
um but rasputin dies

0:24:06.640,0:24:15.200
obviously um but his he was murdered

0:24:10.799,0:24:16.880
and it’s a wow sorry uh rasputin was a

0:24:15.200,0:24:19.600
very controversial

0:24:16.880,0:24:20.559
person and he was hated by a lot of

0:24:19.600,0:24:22.960
people

0:24:20.559,0:24:24.799
so elites hated him because of the

0:24:22.960,0:24:27.360
influence he had over the imperial

0:24:24.799,0:24:29.120
couple and how he ruined the reputation

0:24:27.360,0:24:30.240
of the monarchy because it just made

0:24:29.120,0:24:32.400
them look

0:24:30.240,0:24:34.400
silly they’re like oh they’re weak they

0:24:32.400,0:24:35.120
can let this crazy guy come and like

0:24:34.400,0:24:38.159
take over

0:24:35.120,0:24:40.559
you know yeah like puppets and stuff

0:24:38.159,0:24:41.679
but then again did it really make them

0:24:40.559,0:24:44.559
look worse

0:24:41.679,0:24:47.200
because from the sound of it they didn’t

0:24:44.559,0:24:50.559
look that good at least nicholas wasn’t

0:24:47.200,0:24:53.600
doing too hot before us rasputin

0:24:50.559,0:24:54.320
i think like the big problem with him

0:24:53.600,0:24:56.880
was

0:24:54.320,0:24:57.760
like at the time the russian orthodox

0:24:56.880,0:25:00.240
church is

0:24:57.760,0:25:02.159
had a lot of power in russia and like

0:25:00.240,0:25:05.200
russians are very religious

0:25:02.159,0:25:07.440
and so rasputin like

0:25:05.200,0:25:09.440
represented a lot of different sins and

0:25:07.440,0:25:12.799
so they’re like oh this sinful man

0:25:09.440,0:25:14.559
is in the monarchy like he’s destroying

0:25:12.799,0:25:15.919
the purity of the monarchy you know

0:25:14.559,0:25:16.640
because like even if you don’t agree

0:25:15.919,0:25:19.360
with

0:25:16.640,0:25:21.120
the imperial fam like couples politics

0:25:19.360,0:25:23.600
and like nicholas the second

0:25:21.120,0:25:24.960
decisions you know like this was like

0:25:23.600,0:25:28.240
different because they’re like oh

0:25:24.960,0:25:32.320
this sinful man is like corrupting

0:25:28.240,0:25:34.799
the monarchy um yeah so and then it like

0:25:32.320,0:25:35.520
nobles hated him because they are used

0:25:34.799,0:25:37.039
to having

0:25:35.520,0:25:38.960
control over the couple but then now

0:25:37.039,0:25:40.320
rasputin has like kind of like claimed

0:25:38.960,0:25:41.840
his territory so they’re like

0:25:40.320,0:25:43.360
what the heck now the couple’s not

0:25:41.840,0:25:47.039
listening to us they’re listening to

0:25:43.360,0:25:50.400
this random guy and also like

0:25:47.039,0:25:53.279
it seems like wild in june 1914

0:25:50.400,0:25:54.960
a beggar woman stabbed rasputin in the

0:25:53.279,0:25:57.200
stomach because he was

0:25:54.960,0:25:58.559
quote unquote preying on the innocent so

0:25:57.200,0:26:00.240
like i don’t even want to know

0:25:58.559,0:26:02.480
it was probably he was probably being an

0:26:00.240,0:26:03.440
awful person um so she literally goes up

0:26:02.480,0:26:06.400
and stabs him

0:26:03.440,0:26:07.840
he’s like so close to death at one point

0:26:06.400,0:26:08.720
he’s like bleeding out and he’s like

0:26:07.840,0:26:10.400
about to die

0:26:08.720,0:26:12.640
but somehow he still makes a full

0:26:10.400,0:26:16.799
recovery and he’s like fine like he’s

0:26:12.640,0:26:18.640
what he’s like a character

0:26:16.799,0:26:20.400
yeah i’m like this guy does not sound

0:26:18.640,0:26:22.480
real and so people are like oh my god

0:26:20.400,0:26:25.440
it’s because he’s magic you know

0:26:22.480,0:26:26.159
okay and so this kind of like feeds into

0:26:25.440,0:26:29.200
all like

0:26:26.159,0:26:32.400
the the myths about him um

0:26:29.200,0:26:35.360
and so yeah how did he if he’s bleeding

0:26:32.400,0:26:36.080
out i don’t was just like a medical

0:26:35.360,0:26:37.840
miracle

0:26:36.080,0:26:39.200
i guess yeah maybe he has the opposite

0:26:37.840,0:26:43.039
of hemophilia

0:26:39.200,0:26:44.960
and then like his blood clots so fast

0:26:43.039,0:26:47.279
his blood clots so fast he has all this

0:26:44.960,0:26:49.600
extra blood but

0:26:47.279,0:26:51.039
just wait until listen what i’m about to

0:26:49.600,0:26:54.320
tell you because like if you think that

0:26:51.039,0:26:56.080
is wild the story of his murder

0:26:54.320,0:26:57.360
is literally insane i like could not

0:26:56.080,0:27:01.200
believe it when i was reading it

0:26:57.360,0:27:04.080
so basically on december 30th 1916

0:27:01.200,0:27:06.240
felix yusuf which i am i know i’m

0:27:04.080,0:27:08.400
mispronouncing that last name um

0:27:06.240,0:27:10.080
he’s the richest man in russia and he’s

0:27:08.400,0:27:13.919
also the husband

0:27:10.080,0:27:17.520
of nicholas ii’s only niece so he’s

0:27:13.919,0:27:19.440
tied to the family um and so he invites

0:27:17.520,0:27:21.360
rasputin over at his house to have

0:27:19.440,0:27:24.559
dinner with him and his friends

0:27:21.360,0:27:25.440
and yusuf he was very privileged and he

0:27:24.559,0:27:28.159
lived a pretty

0:27:25.440,0:27:28.720
aimless life like he was just some rich

0:27:28.159,0:27:30.880
guy

0:27:28.720,0:27:31.919
you know and he thought that getting rid

0:27:30.880,0:27:34.320
of rasputin

0:27:31.919,0:27:36.399
would give nicholas the second a final

0:27:34.320,0:27:39.440
chance to restore the reputation

0:27:36.399,0:27:41.840
and prestige of the monarchy and then

0:27:39.440,0:27:45.039
the tsar would be open to advice

0:27:41.840,0:27:47.600
of his extended family and nobles

0:27:45.039,0:27:49.039
like yusupov again so he’s like okay we

0:27:47.600,0:27:50.880
need to get rid of this guy

0:27:49.039,0:27:52.559
and he also just like wanted to reinvent

0:27:50.880,0:27:54.399
himself as a patriot

0:27:52.559,0:27:56.799
and a man of action because he’s like

0:27:54.399,0:27:58.080
i’m doing this for the betterment of

0:27:56.799,0:28:00.480
russia like i’m doing this for the

0:27:58.080,0:28:02.320
russian people because like people

0:28:00.480,0:28:04.080
he didn’t he like refused to fight in

0:28:02.320,0:28:06.480
the wars like he didn’t serve and people

0:28:04.080,0:28:10.080
were like okay you’re trash

0:28:06.480,0:28:12.720
oh i’m actually like doing stuff

0:28:10.080,0:28:14.880
yeah but even like with rasputin

0:28:12.720,0:28:16.960
advising the monarchy did

0:28:14.880,0:28:19.600
the situation get better for common

0:28:16.960,0:28:23.039
people in russia or no

0:28:19.600,0:28:24.480
um not like to my knowledge not

0:28:23.039,0:28:26.640
really like raspbian kind of

0:28:24.480,0:28:29.760
disappointed people

0:28:26.640,0:28:30.720
who like his allies he appointed them to

0:28:29.760,0:28:33.919
like

0:28:30.720,0:28:35.840
official positions so he like he wasn’t

0:28:33.919,0:28:37.600
really there for the russian people he

0:28:35.840,0:28:39.679
wasn’t like oh i’m here

0:28:37.600,0:28:41.840
to make the working class better he was

0:28:39.679,0:28:44.880
kind of just there to benefit him on

0:28:41.840,0:28:45.440
his own self it’s like oh yeah my allies

0:28:44.880,0:28:48.480
in place

0:28:45.440,0:28:49.919
so yeah so either way

0:28:48.480,0:28:52.480
like i don’t think that’s super

0:28:49.919,0:28:53.279
patriotic like i’m not going to benefit

0:28:52.480,0:28:56.320
from it

0:28:53.279,0:28:58.399
so but here’s the thing is that yusuf is

0:28:56.320,0:29:00.080
thinking from the perspective of a noble

0:28:58.399,0:29:01.600
person he’s like i’m doing this for the

0:29:00.080,0:29:03.520
nobles of russia like

0:29:01.600,0:29:04.960
okay not for the common people all right

0:29:03.520,0:29:06.159
that’s a different definition of

0:29:04.960,0:29:09.200
patriotism

0:29:06.159,0:29:10.799
than what i have so it’s more like

0:29:09.200,0:29:13.520
classism he’s like he does not

0:29:10.799,0:29:13.919
care about the word class russian people

0:29:13.520,0:29:16.559
um

0:29:13.919,0:29:18.159
yeah this is what russia is like at the

0:29:16.559,0:29:20.799
time it’s very divided which

0:29:18.159,0:29:23.039
we’ll get into in a bit but that sucks

0:29:20.799,0:29:25.039
well also too

0:29:23.039,0:29:27.039
sorry going back you said they’re like

0:29:25.039,0:29:29.440
seven different languages before they’re

0:29:27.039,0:29:31.679
forced to speak russian so

0:29:29.440,0:29:33.440
yeah it sounds like it’s not this big

0:29:31.679,0:29:36.640
monolithic

0:29:33.440,0:29:39.279
country where everyone is like united

0:29:36.640,0:29:40.080
to start not at all it’s just like this

0:29:39.279,0:29:42.720
huge empire

0:29:40.080,0:29:44.159
and like russia is so big like each

0:29:42.720,0:29:46.080
region is so

0:29:44.159,0:29:47.919
different like there’s different

0:29:46.080,0:29:48.960
languages different religions different

0:29:47.919,0:29:52.720
cultures and so

0:29:48.960,0:29:55.120
it’s hard to unite the people as a whole

0:29:52.720,0:29:56.960
which is like that kind of explains like

0:29:55.120,0:29:58.240
russian politics and like russian

0:29:56.960,0:30:01.039
history is like

0:29:58.240,0:30:04.000
how do we unite all these people but um

0:30:01.039,0:30:08.320
yeah what’s the population on russia

0:30:04.000,0:30:10.640
it’s not huge let me google it um

0:30:08.320,0:30:11.760
yeah i thought that i thought that

0:30:10.640,0:30:13.679
siberia

0:30:11.760,0:30:15.520
was where you got sent for prison

0:30:13.679,0:30:18.159
because i thought you could not live

0:30:15.520,0:30:18.640
in siberia but you just said someone was

0:30:18.159,0:30:21.440
born

0:30:18.640,0:30:22.240
like rasputin was born in siberia like

0:30:21.440,0:30:25.200
during the

0:30:22.240,0:30:27.200
soviet union i think a lot there are a

0:30:25.200,0:30:29.440
lot of prisons in siberia

0:30:27.200,0:30:30.480
okay yeah fiddler on the roof like he

0:30:29.440,0:30:35.279
gets sent to

0:30:30.480,0:30:36.399
siberia yeah but there are 144.5 million

0:30:35.279,0:30:39.120
people in russia

0:30:36.399,0:30:40.960
which is okay that’s like a third of the

0:30:39.120,0:30:43.440
us’s population and russia

0:30:40.960,0:30:44.799
is huge but a lot of it is uninhabitable

0:30:43.440,0:30:47.520
because it’s so

0:30:44.799,0:30:48.640
freaking cold yeah it’s probably just

0:30:47.520,0:30:52.720
like forest

0:30:48.640,0:30:55.279
it’s like ice um yeah

0:30:52.720,0:30:57.039
but yeah so it’s like and everyone’s

0:30:55.279,0:30:58.320
very spread out too so it’s also harder

0:30:57.039,0:31:01.760
to get like people

0:30:58.320,0:31:03.600
um and yeah so rasputin goes to dinner

0:31:01.760,0:31:06.559
at ucla’s house

0:31:03.600,0:31:07.279
and a few days later his battered body

0:31:06.559,0:31:11.519
is found

0:31:07.279,0:31:13.840
in the neva river and so yeah

0:31:11.519,0:31:14.880
yeah it’s wild and so the details of his

0:31:13.840,0:31:18.159
murder

0:31:14.880,0:31:21.519
are a bit unclear so in

0:31:18.159,0:31:24.240
his 1928 memoir memoir

0:31:21.519,0:31:26.480
yusupov actually wrote about how he and

0:31:24.240,0:31:27.519
his friends killed rasputin because like

0:31:26.480,0:31:28.880
to him

0:31:27.519,0:31:31.279
yeah because to him he was like this i

0:31:28.880,0:31:32.880
did a good deed for the country and like

0:31:31.279,0:31:34.399
a lot of people ended up all the other

0:31:32.880,0:31:36.640
elites like praised him for it they’re

0:31:34.399,0:31:39.519
like you did a great thing like good job

0:31:36.640,0:31:40.720
like you didn’t serve any time oh my

0:31:39.519,0:31:44.720
gosh

0:31:40.720,0:31:47.200
what and so he said basically what

0:31:44.720,0:31:49.840
he said happened was that he served

0:31:47.200,0:31:51.440
rasputin a platter of cakes and several

0:31:49.840,0:31:54.320
glasses of wine that had

0:31:51.440,0:31:55.519
been poisoned with potassium cyanide and

0:31:54.320,0:31:58.159
to his surprise

0:31:55.519,0:31:59.360
rasputin was unaffected by the poison so

0:31:58.159,0:32:01.360
him and his friends are like

0:31:59.360,0:32:03.039
oh okay i guess you got to go to a plan

0:32:01.360,0:32:05.039
b so then they just start

0:32:03.039,0:32:06.720
pulling out the revolvers and they shoot

0:32:05.039,0:32:08.960
rescued multiple times

0:32:06.720,0:32:11.039
and he like collapses to the ground but

0:32:08.960,0:32:11.919
then when they’re like dragging his body

0:32:11.039,0:32:15.279
out

0:32:11.919,0:32:17.679
he like revives and he

0:32:15.279,0:32:18.960
escaped and they’re like what the heck

0:32:17.679,0:32:21.279
we still

0:32:18.960,0:32:22.080
so then like this part is like kind of

0:32:21.279,0:32:25.039
awful

0:32:22.080,0:32:26.080
they beat rasputin viciously and then

0:32:25.039,0:32:28.240
they tie him up

0:32:26.080,0:32:29.760
and throw him into the freezing cold

0:32:28.240,0:32:32.320
river because it’s like

0:32:29.760,0:32:34.240
december you know and they said that he

0:32:32.320,0:32:37.600
was still alive when he threw

0:32:34.240,0:32:41.600
when they threw him in the river um

0:32:37.600,0:32:45.039
i would be like this is a it’s a demon

0:32:41.600,0:32:45.760
kill it like well that’s i mean that’s

0:32:45.039,0:32:48.480
kind of

0:32:45.760,0:32:48.960
the whole thing so people are like oh my

0:32:48.480,0:32:51.679
god

0:32:48.960,0:32:52.000
this guy was not human like he is some

0:32:51.679,0:32:55.120
like

0:32:52.000,0:32:58.080
demon right like that

0:32:55.120,0:32:59.120
no scary if he was actually a demon oh

0:32:58.080,0:33:02.240
my gosh i just got

0:32:59.120,0:33:05.519
chills okay well listen to this because

0:33:02.240,0:33:05.919
a year later rasputin’s daughter who fun

0:33:05.519,0:33:08.640
fact

0:33:05.919,0:33:10.000
so she flees russia after the revolution

0:33:08.640,0:33:13.200
and then she becomes a circus

0:33:10.000,0:33:15.760
lion tamer which is like what the heck

0:33:13.200,0:33:17.519
sorry um live your best life i didn’t

0:33:15.760,0:33:20.720
know he had a daughter

0:33:17.519,0:33:22.480
yeah he had three children oh a lot more

0:33:20.720,0:33:25.600
but only three of them survived

0:33:22.480,0:33:28.399
um so survive her

0:33:25.600,0:33:30.080
yeah they like because it like infant

0:33:28.399,0:33:30.640
mortality rate was like high in russia

0:33:30.080,0:33:33.679
so sad

0:33:30.640,0:33:34.320
oh okay he she writes her own book and

0:33:33.679,0:33:37.279
she said

0:33:34.320,0:33:38.399
a year later and she says that yusuf his

0:33:37.279,0:33:40.960
story is fake

0:33:38.399,0:33:43.039
she said that her father hated sweets so

0:33:40.960,0:33:44.720
he would never have eaten the food

0:33:43.039,0:33:46.880
and she also pointed out that the

0:33:44.720,0:33:49.039
autopsy showed that he died

0:33:46.880,0:33:50.480
from gunshots to the head from a close

0:33:49.039,0:33:53.120
range and not from

0:33:50.480,0:33:54.640
like drowning in the river and so she

0:33:53.120,0:33:57.440
argued that yusufov

0:33:54.640,0:33:58.799
just wanted to turn the murder into a

0:33:57.440,0:34:01.440
story about good

0:33:58.799,0:34:03.279
versus evil to sell books and also

0:34:01.440,0:34:05.039
improve his reputation like

0:34:03.279,0:34:06.880
oh don’t worry guys i got rid of this

0:34:05.039,0:34:10.960
evil demon like you can thank me

0:34:06.880,0:34:11.200
you know okay fooled me i was convinced

0:34:10.960,0:34:13.839
i

0:34:11.200,0:34:15.119
was like oh my gosh dude rasputin was a

0:34:13.839,0:34:17.040
demon

0:34:15.119,0:34:19.119
but okay that makes sense yeah i was

0:34:17.040,0:34:21.119
like what the heck like that’s

0:34:19.119,0:34:22.240
wild and it’s like oh okay that’s

0:34:21.119,0:34:24.639
probably fake

0:34:22.240,0:34:25.520
um so yeah so people think that like he

0:34:24.639,0:34:28.159
was just shot

0:34:25.520,0:34:28.800
in the head and then they threw him into

0:34:28.159,0:34:32.159
the river

0:34:28.800,0:34:35.919
like his bed oh gosh

0:34:32.159,0:34:37.359
so terrible well okay yeah

0:34:35.919,0:34:39.200
it’s gonna get a little bit worse later

0:34:37.359,0:34:42.800
when we get to like the romanov

0:34:39.200,0:34:44.079
it’s not done i like i’m almost done

0:34:42.800,0:34:46.960
though but um

0:34:44.079,0:34:49.359
okay just like a tiny little bit no rush

0:34:46.960,0:34:52.159
it’s fine it’s interesting

0:34:49.359,0:34:52.960
so responses to his death were pretty

0:34:52.159,0:34:55.679
mixed because

0:34:52.960,0:34:56.800
the elites were happy and like i said

0:34:55.679,0:34:59.599
earlier they were like

0:34:56.800,0:35:01.040
praising the killers um but actually

0:34:59.599,0:35:03.280
like his death

0:35:01.040,0:35:04.160
rasputin’s death didn’t lead to radical

0:35:03.280,0:35:06.720
changes in

0:35:04.160,0:35:08.079
nicholas and alexander’s politics like

0:35:06.720,0:35:09.440
they were like oh russia’s gonna be

0:35:08.079,0:35:10.240
better now and like that didn’t really

0:35:09.440,0:35:12.240
happen

0:35:10.240,0:35:14.400
and then peasants mourned him as one of

0:35:12.240,0:35:17.200
their own they saw his murder

0:35:14.400,0:35:19.040
as yet another example of the nobles

0:35:17.200,0:35:22.079
controlling bizarre

0:35:19.040,0:35:22.880
um into the bolsheviks which recap like

0:35:22.079,0:35:25.599
bolsheviks

0:35:22.880,0:35:26.640
are like russian it’s the word for

0:35:25.599,0:35:29.440
communists

0:35:26.640,0:35:30.960
so they’re the communist group in russia

0:35:29.440,0:35:33.119
and so they

0:35:30.960,0:35:34.400
believe that rasputin symbolized the

0:35:33.119,0:35:37.040
corruption of the

0:35:34.400,0:35:38.400
imperial court and they said that his

0:35:37.040,0:35:40.960
murder

0:35:38.400,0:35:43.440
was seen as an attempt by the nobility

0:35:40.960,0:35:45.599
to hold on to power at the continued

0:35:43.440,0:35:47.200
expense of the proletariat and the

0:35:45.599,0:35:48.000
proletariat is another word for a

0:35:47.200,0:35:49.680
working class

0:35:48.000,0:35:52.240
so they’re like rasputin was working

0:35:49.680,0:35:53.920
class and the nobles killed him for

0:35:52.240,0:35:56.880
their own benefits

0:35:53.920,0:35:57.760
like we don’t like the nobles like let’s

0:35:56.880,0:36:00.240
overthrow them

0:35:57.760,0:36:01.200
so that’s so actually like after the

0:36:00.240,0:36:03.520
revolution

0:36:01.200,0:36:05.520
the provisional government leader his

0:36:03.520,0:36:08.160
name was alexander kransky

0:36:05.520,0:36:09.760
he actually said that without rasputin

0:36:08.160,0:36:12.079
there would have been no lenin

0:36:09.760,0:36:13.520
so like vladimir lenin was the leader of

0:36:12.079,0:36:15.920
the bolsheviks

0:36:13.520,0:36:16.880
in this russia in this in this

0:36:15.920,0:36:19.520
revolution

0:36:16.880,0:36:20.880
um so i like i’m just going to do like a

0:36:19.520,0:36:22.800
quick one minute

0:36:20.880,0:36:24.000
overview of the russian revolution of

0:36:22.800,0:36:26.079
1917.

0:36:24.000,0:36:27.359
so remember how we talked about earlier

0:36:26.079,0:36:29.680
raspbian was like if

0:36:27.359,0:36:31.280
i die you guys are all going down like

0:36:29.680,0:36:34.880
the imperial family

0:36:31.280,0:36:35.599
15 months later um his prophecy comes

0:36:34.880,0:36:37.760
true

0:36:35.599,0:36:40.000
so basically the bolsheviks which are

0:36:37.760,0:36:42.640
let they’re led by vladimir lenin

0:36:40.000,0:36:43.200
they seize power and they overthrow the

0:36:42.640,0:36:46.320
duma

0:36:43.200,0:36:48.000
and also the romanov dynasty and

0:36:46.320,0:36:50.880
their dynasty had been ruling for over

0:36:48.000,0:36:54.079
300 years um and so okay question

0:36:50.880,0:36:56.079
i’m so sorry um what’s a dynasty if

0:36:54.079,0:36:57.520
they’re overthrowing multiple dynasties

0:36:56.079,0:37:00.560
isn’t that just like

0:36:57.520,0:37:00.880
time periods or it’s like the dynasty is

0:37:00.560,0:37:04.240
like

0:37:00.880,0:37:06.880
one royal family like

0:37:04.240,0:37:09.520
like the monarch the kingdom as a whole

0:37:06.880,0:37:11.680
but then the dynasty there’s like the

0:37:09.520,0:37:13.280
why can’t i think of any other oh it’s

0:37:11.680,0:37:17.040
like related bloods

0:37:13.280,0:37:18.720
to the family okay the british

0:37:17.040,0:37:20.320
who are like what’s the current british

0:37:18.720,0:37:20.960
dynasty i don’t know what their last

0:37:20.320,0:37:24.000
name is

0:37:20.960,0:37:26.560
but william you ever know what’s his

0:37:24.000,0:37:31.599
first name

0:37:26.560,0:37:33.760
princess diana meghan markle

0:37:31.599,0:37:35.680
yeah but i don’t know why i’m blinking

0:37:33.760,0:37:37.599
on an every dynasty name but basically

0:37:35.680,0:37:39.280
it’s like oh like this one family

0:37:37.599,0:37:42.160
like that’s the name for their whole

0:37:39.280,0:37:44.800
like family so the romanovs is like

0:37:42.160,0:37:47.119
the one linear family that they’ve

0:37:44.800,0:37:48.720
passed down the throne to for 300 years

0:37:47.119,0:37:50.320
so they’ve been ruling

0:37:48.720,0:37:52.079
oh like chinese dynasty like there’s

0:37:50.320,0:37:54.079
like what like the mean dynasty

0:37:52.079,0:37:56.160
yeah but see that’s the dynasty i

0:37:54.079,0:37:58.720
thought was like a time period i didn’t

0:37:56.160,0:38:00.800
realize that it’s like a bloodline

0:37:58.720,0:38:02.839
it’s the bloodline but it’s been used to

0:38:00.800,0:38:05.839
mark different time periods because

0:38:02.839,0:38:07.359
normally like when you switch dynasties

0:38:05.839,0:38:09.119
when you switch families that’s because

0:38:07.359,0:38:12.320
like you’re switching

0:38:09.119,0:38:14.880
like political views oh okay

0:38:12.320,0:38:16.720
that makes a lot of sense yeah so how

0:38:14.880,0:38:18.800
did i not know that

0:38:16.720,0:38:20.560
how did i not know that but yeah so they

0:38:18.800,0:38:22.240
the bolsheviks overthrow the romanov

0:38:20.560,0:38:24.800
dynasty and they later become the

0:38:22.240,0:38:27.440
communist party of the soviet union

0:38:24.800,0:38:28.320
and so nicholas ii was dethroned and his

0:38:27.440,0:38:31.359
family was

0:38:28.320,0:38:34.160
in prison and they tried to gain asylum

0:38:31.359,0:38:35.920
in france or britain because alexandra

0:38:34.160,0:38:36.960
was actually the granddaughter of queen

0:38:35.920,0:38:40.240
victoria

0:38:36.960,0:38:43.040
um but they were refused um

0:38:40.240,0:38:45.440
okay i they were refused but she’s the

0:38:43.040,0:38:47.599
granddaughter of queen victoria

0:38:45.440,0:38:48.640
yeah it’s like very scandalous it’s like

0:38:47.599,0:38:51.200
wow

0:38:48.640,0:38:52.560
just like turn their back on them but

0:38:51.200,0:38:53.440
they didn’t no one thought that they

0:38:52.560,0:38:56.240
would be killed

0:38:53.440,0:38:57.359
um basically they were like the family

0:38:56.240,0:38:59.520
was put into exile

0:38:57.359,0:39:01.200
they were like in prison but at first

0:38:59.520,0:39:03.520
like they were just taken to another

0:39:01.200,0:39:04.720
like huge house and they took like 40 of

0:39:03.520,0:39:06.320
their servants with them

0:39:04.720,0:39:07.920
and they could take like most of their

0:39:06.320,0:39:10.160
belongings so they’re like

0:39:07.920,0:39:12.000
okay you’re not in power but like you

0:39:10.160,0:39:15.520
could still kind of live

0:39:12.000,0:39:18.560
a comfortable life um this lasted

0:39:15.520,0:39:19.760
for a little bit and then they kept

0:39:18.560,0:39:23.280
getting moved from house to

0:39:19.760,0:39:26.640
house eventually they ended up at the

0:39:23.280,0:39:29.119
at this one house patio house i don’t

0:39:26.640,0:39:31.440
know how to pronounce it um

0:39:29.119,0:39:32.480
this is where things like take a turn

0:39:31.440,0:39:34.079
for the worst

0:39:32.480,0:39:36.160
they show up to this house they can’t

0:39:34.079,0:39:38.800
bring any of their servants with

0:39:36.160,0:39:40.560
there are no bed linens it was very

0:39:38.800,0:39:41.440
dusty there weren’t enough plates or

0:39:40.560,0:39:43.280
silverware

0:39:41.440,0:39:44.880
and a wall had been built around the

0:39:43.280,0:39:46.960
house so they couldn’t see

0:39:44.880,0:39:47.920
like outside you you’re just like in

0:39:46.960,0:39:49.520
this prison

0:39:47.920,0:39:51.200
and they were like hassled a lot by the

0:39:49.520,0:39:52.960
soldiers so they’re like

0:39:51.200,0:39:54.880
okay but even then they didn’t think

0:39:52.960,0:39:57.520
they would actually be murdered

0:39:54.880,0:39:59.680
um okay honestly though that living

0:39:57.520,0:40:01.440
situation i’m pretty sure there are some

0:39:59.680,0:40:05.200
peasants living that way too

0:40:01.440,0:40:09.200
yeah i mean yeah that’s like yeah

0:40:05.200,0:40:11.359
that’s true um but yeah so

0:40:09.200,0:40:13.040
i’m not going to get into the details

0:40:11.359,0:40:16.400
about their murder

0:40:13.040,0:40:19.920
i’m just being oh please do why not

0:40:16.400,0:40:20.400
it’s like really gruesome but let’s give

0:40:19.920,0:40:22.960
an

0:40:20.400,0:40:24.560
overview because like if you’d like to

0:40:22.960,0:40:25.280
learn more you can look it up but the

0:40:24.560,0:40:27.440
details are

0:40:25.280,0:40:28.560
like really painful to hear but

0:40:27.440,0:40:32.160
basically

0:40:28.560,0:40:32.800
on july 17 1918 the romanov family is

0:40:32.160,0:40:34.800
awoken

0:40:32.800,0:40:37.200
and they’re told to prepare for another

0:40:34.800,0:40:39.920
move and all of a sudden

0:40:37.200,0:40:40.880
the soldiers just start shooting at them

0:40:39.920,0:40:44.319
um

0:40:40.880,0:40:46.240
and like they’re in this tiny room and

0:40:44.319,0:40:47.839
you can see photos of the room after

0:40:46.240,0:40:51.280
it’s like horrifying

0:40:47.839,0:40:52.960
um they’re like this is like back in the

0:40:51.280,0:40:54.640
old days when guns are like

0:40:52.960,0:40:56.319
really weird and they don’t work all the

0:40:54.640,0:40:57.599
time and so they’re

0:40:56.319,0:40:59.920
like shooting at them but they’re

0:40:57.599,0:41:02.319
unsuccessful um

0:40:59.920,0:41:04.000
like they don’t kill them right away you

0:41:02.319,0:41:05.760
know like they maybe like

0:41:04.000,0:41:07.040
the bullets will hit them but like they

0:41:05.760,0:41:10.560
won’t be fatal shots

0:41:07.040,0:41:12.400
yeah oh okay so it’s like okay

0:41:10.560,0:41:14.160
wait let me just make sure my my facts

0:41:12.400,0:41:16.480
are correct so

0:41:14.160,0:41:17.280
nicholas is nicholas already murdered or

0:41:16.480,0:41:19.680
no

0:41:17.280,0:41:20.480
no so they’re okay seven of them are in

0:41:19.680,0:41:22.800
the same room

0:41:20.480,0:41:24.160
like they’re okay together all right so

0:41:22.800,0:41:25.760
the bolsheviks are like

0:41:24.160,0:41:28.079
get out of here and they get out and

0:41:25.760,0:41:31.119
they’re fleeing to all these houses

0:41:28.079,0:41:34.240
right and then the bolsheviks

0:41:31.119,0:41:36.079
get them at this house oh go ahead oh no

0:41:34.240,0:41:39.119
okay yeah so now they’re at this house

0:41:36.079,0:41:42.800
and they’re like now let’s kill them

0:41:39.119,0:41:44.400
yeah anyways why but that’s like

0:41:42.800,0:41:46.240
i mean there’s a lot of speculation like

0:41:44.400,0:41:47.520
people are also like so confused like

0:41:46.240,0:41:50.319
why

0:41:47.520,0:41:51.599
did they shoot them all of a sudden um

0:41:50.319,0:41:53.599
like it really did

0:41:51.599,0:41:54.960
a sense like why they would kill them

0:41:53.599,0:41:57.280
all um

0:41:54.960,0:41:58.319
and like just like their death is really

0:41:57.280,0:42:00.319
sad because

0:41:58.319,0:42:02.480
like shooting doesn’t work so then they

0:42:00.319,0:42:04.079
start like beating and like stabbing the

0:42:02.480,0:42:05.119
family members and it’s really sad

0:42:04.079,0:42:06.480
because

0:42:05.119,0:42:08.400
like they don’t want to kill the

0:42:06.480,0:42:10.800
children at first

0:42:08.400,0:42:12.240
like so they go after their parents but

0:42:10.800,0:42:12.640
then they’re like okay the children have

0:42:12.240,0:42:15.839
to die

0:42:12.640,0:42:19.839
so like the children why no they

0:42:15.839,0:42:21.680
don’t what no one had to die what

0:42:19.839,0:42:23.200
but like literally like so this attack

0:42:21.680,0:42:26.240
lasts 20 minutes

0:42:23.200,0:42:29.680
so can you it’s like

0:42:26.240,0:42:30.400
it’s not like just a quick kill like

0:42:29.680,0:42:33.359
it’s that’s

0:42:30.400,0:42:35.119
terrible they’re like literally like you

0:42:33.359,0:42:36.640
have to watch your parents get killed

0:42:35.119,0:42:40.480
and then they’re going to kill you

0:42:36.640,0:42:42.560
and you’re a child and

0:42:40.480,0:42:44.000
because it’s really upsetting but like

0:42:42.560,0:42:44.800
when they’re carrying the bodies out to

0:42:44.000,0:42:47.040
the forest

0:42:44.800,0:42:48.480
two of the daughters were still alive

0:42:47.040,0:42:49.839
like they realized that they were still

0:42:48.480,0:42:52.800
alive so then they had to like

0:42:49.839,0:42:54.400
stab them again and then finally like

0:42:52.800,0:42:58.000
all seven of them were

0:42:54.400,0:43:00.960
dead it’s like really awful like that’s

0:42:58.000,0:43:02.640
terrible that’s literally so sad my

0:43:00.960,0:43:04.240
friend told me that russian history is

0:43:02.640,0:43:05.440
depressing that’s where i don’t care

0:43:04.240,0:43:08.160
what

0:43:05.440,0:43:09.599
like what the royal family did i’m sorry

0:43:08.160,0:43:13.200
but that’s like not okay

0:43:09.599,0:43:14.079
to do it’s not oh my god it’s not

0:43:13.200,0:43:17.359
excusable at all

0:43:14.079,0:43:19.440
it’s such a gruesome death and like

0:43:17.359,0:43:20.960
they’re like they’re trying to cover up

0:43:19.440,0:43:23.200
they don’t want anyone to know

0:43:20.960,0:43:24.720
what happened like they like the people

0:43:23.200,0:43:25.680
kill them they’re like no one can ever

0:43:24.720,0:43:28.319
know

0:43:25.680,0:43:30.000
what happened to the family and so this

0:43:28.319,0:43:31.200
is what’s wild it’s like at first they

0:43:30.000,0:43:33.359
only told the public that

0:43:31.200,0:43:34.880
nicholas ii was killed they didn’t say

0:43:33.359,0:43:36.960
that the rest they just said the rest of

0:43:34.880,0:43:38.960
the family was still like in prison

0:43:36.960,0:43:41.200
and the death the details of their

0:43:38.960,0:43:42.480
deaths as well as the locations of their

0:43:41.200,0:43:44.400
bodies weren’t

0:43:42.480,0:43:47.119
known by the public until the fall of

0:43:44.400,0:43:49.760
the soviet union in 1991

0:43:47.119,0:43:51.200
so like this whole time period like

0:43:49.760,0:43:53.440
people didn’t know

0:43:51.200,0:43:54.800
what went down they were like the family

0:43:53.440,0:43:57.920
just went missing

0:43:54.800,0:43:59.839
and like because of this there’s so many

0:43:57.920,0:44:01.359
there were so many rumors that some of

0:43:59.839,0:44:03.359
the daughters escaped

0:44:01.359,0:44:05.200
um especially anastasia which like

0:44:03.359,0:44:06.839
there’s a whole disney movie about it

0:44:05.200,0:44:11.040
like jeez louise

0:44:06.839,0:44:14.480
um people claim to be

0:44:11.040,0:44:17.200
like the like the romanoff children um

0:44:14.480,0:44:19.040
and like there’s like one girl who like

0:44:17.200,0:44:20.319
was like really famous for like she was

0:44:19.040,0:44:23.119
like i’m anastasia

0:44:20.319,0:44:24.000
like i’m i had to hide in captivity but

0:44:23.119,0:44:26.079
then dns

0:44:24.000,0:44:27.920
dna tests later proved that these things

0:44:26.079,0:44:29.280
were false and like they tested

0:44:27.920,0:44:30.960
the remains of the bodies and they’re

0:44:29.280,0:44:34.240
like no these are like all

0:44:30.960,0:44:35.440
oh my gosh how did they find out where

0:44:34.240,0:44:36.960
the bodies were later

0:44:35.440,0:44:38.880
though after the fall of the soviet

0:44:36.960,0:44:40.800
union like because

0:44:38.880,0:44:42.240
i mean when did when did the murders

0:44:40.800,0:44:45.520
happen like the 40s

0:44:42.240,0:44:48.000
50 no it was 1918.

0:44:45.520,0:44:49.440
so forever ago so how would they even

0:44:48.000,0:44:51.119
how they have record of it and how’d

0:44:49.440,0:44:52.319
they find the dead bodies for the dna

0:44:51.119,0:44:54.800
test

0:44:52.319,0:44:56.160
um well i think okay if i remember

0:44:54.800,0:44:58.000
correctly

0:44:56.160,0:44:59.599
i think i guess like just people in the

0:44:58.000,0:45:00.160
government like knew and it was like top

0:44:59.599,0:45:02.480
secret

0:45:00.160,0:45:04.000
i don’t know and like they just didn’t

0:45:02.480,0:45:06.000
tell the public so i guess people in the

0:45:04.000,0:45:07.280
government still knew but then

0:45:06.000,0:45:09.440
like when they were trying to find the

0:45:07.280,0:45:11.200
remains of the bodies they had

0:45:09.440,0:45:13.440
put their bodies in like two separate

0:45:11.200,0:45:14.720
graves to like split up the family so

0:45:13.440,0:45:16.640
then like it’d be harder to find the

0:45:14.720,0:45:17.359
remains and i think like they had found

0:45:16.640,0:45:19.040
one grave

0:45:17.359,0:45:20.400
but it took a lot longer to find that

0:45:19.040,0:45:24.240
second one

0:45:20.400,0:45:26.240
um yeah so it was so sad

0:45:24.240,0:45:27.760
but now the remains have been collected

0:45:26.240,0:45:30.319
and they’re like buried

0:45:27.760,0:45:31.440
somewhere in russia and like a nice

0:45:30.319,0:45:35.440
place but

0:45:31.440,0:45:37.440
it’s it’s so depressing so

0:45:35.440,0:45:38.560
and russian history is depressing it’s

0:45:37.440,0:45:42.000
depressing but like

0:45:38.560,0:45:42.960
again the bolsheviks so kind of just to

0:45:42.000,0:45:45.599
wrap everything

0:45:42.960,0:45:47.920
up like the bolshevik saw the monarchy

0:45:45.599,0:45:50.079
as a cancer that made it impossible for

0:45:47.920,0:45:53.280
the working class to rise

0:45:50.079,0:45:54.240
um they were like we there’s no way for

0:45:53.280,0:45:56.160
the peasants

0:45:54.240,0:45:58.240
to have a better life if there’s still a

0:45:56.160,0:46:00.640
monarchy in place

0:45:58.240,0:46:02.000
ironically the death the death of

0:46:00.640,0:46:04.640
nicholas ii

0:46:02.000,0:46:06.160
overshadowed lennon’s victories in the

0:46:04.640,0:46:07.359
russian revolution

0:46:06.160,0:46:09.119
so it took up more space in the

0:46:07.359,0:46:10.800
newspapers everyone was focused about

0:46:09.119,0:46:11.359
the fact that nicholas ii had been

0:46:10.800,0:46:14.160
killed

0:46:11.359,0:46:15.359
and it actually made many russians yearn

0:46:14.160,0:46:17.280
for the monarchy

0:46:15.359,0:46:19.040
so they’re like even if they didn’t like

0:46:17.280,0:46:20.000
him while he was alive they felt bad

0:46:19.040,0:46:23.119
that he had been

0:46:20.000,0:46:23.880
like murdered and so it kind of proved

0:46:23.119,0:46:27.119
to be

0:46:23.880,0:46:29.760
counterproductive um and

0:46:27.119,0:46:31.520
but like obviously it had a huge that

0:46:29.760,0:46:33.200
was the last russian emperor there were

0:46:31.520,0:46:36.640
no more

0:46:33.200,0:46:39.839
uh like emperors anymore

0:46:36.640,0:46:40.640
um it’s a completely different country

0:46:39.839,0:46:44.319
now

0:46:40.640,0:46:48.000
and so like they went from a monarchy to

0:46:44.319,0:46:48.000
like the soviet union so

0:46:48.240,0:46:53.599
um you said that they went for like

0:46:51.200,0:46:56.800
multiple dynasties so did they

0:46:53.599,0:47:00.800
murder the other dynasties

0:46:56.800,0:47:02.560
no the other bloodlines no um

0:47:00.800,0:47:04.640
i don’t i don’t know if they like killed

0:47:02.560,0:47:07.599
other members of

0:47:04.640,0:47:08.079
like their cousins or anything but it’s

0:47:07.599,0:47:10.240
like they

0:47:08.079,0:47:12.319
just ended the romanov dynasty so the

0:47:10.240,0:47:13.839
romanov dynasty had been ruling for 300

0:47:12.319,0:47:15.920
years like so this family

0:47:13.839,0:47:18.079
like they passed it down from sun to sun

0:47:15.920,0:47:20.800
so after 300 years like

0:47:18.079,0:47:22.400
the whole dynasty was put to an end

0:47:20.800,0:47:25.440
because there’s no more air

0:47:22.400,0:47:26.400
you know so there is no more romanovs in

0:47:25.440,0:47:29.599
the world

0:47:26.400,0:47:31.440
it’s such a it’s a depressing story but

0:47:29.599,0:47:33.440
like it’s just if you think about like

0:47:31.440,0:47:35.280
if you’re a russian

0:47:33.440,0:47:36.559
like if you live in russia at the time

0:47:35.280,0:47:39.440
can you imagine

0:47:36.559,0:47:40.960
how wild this is because like the

0:47:39.440,0:47:43.119
revolution

0:47:40.960,0:47:44.880
like takes like about a year there’s

0:47:43.119,0:47:45.359
like a big one in february and then a

0:47:44.880,0:47:48.240
big

0:47:45.359,0:47:49.680
riot in october and then you go from

0:47:48.240,0:47:52.319
like

0:47:49.680,0:47:53.839
monarchy to soviet union and then the

0:47:52.319,0:47:55.599
soviet union collapses later like i

0:47:53.839,0:47:58.880
don’t know russian history is just

0:47:55.599,0:48:00.640
so wild it’s so crazy like how much the

0:47:58.880,0:48:03.599
country has changed in like

0:48:00.640,0:48:05.520
just like 100 years you know yeah to be

0:48:03.599,0:48:06.000
fair yeah that’s wild the monarchy was

0:48:05.520,0:48:09.119
just like

0:48:06.000,0:48:11.359

  1. like that’s nothing

0:48:09.119,0:48:12.160
um yeah it’s literally nothing it was

0:48:11.359,0:48:15.359
like like

0:48:12.160,0:48:17.760
yesterday almost um but

0:48:15.359,0:48:19.280
like hardly a hundred years ago but um

0:48:17.760,0:48:22.079
yeah i feel like though like

0:48:19.280,0:48:23.839
the peasants for lack of a better word

0:48:22.079,0:48:25.200
in russia like you’re more worried about

0:48:23.839,0:48:26.000
just like how you’re gonna get your next

0:48:25.200,0:48:29.119
meal

0:48:26.000,0:48:33.200
so it’s hard to like register

0:48:29.119,0:48:34.880
these changes yeah but then they’re like

0:48:33.200,0:48:37.520
you know the bolsheviks are like we are

0:48:34.880,0:48:41.119
here for the working class people

0:48:37.520,0:48:42.640
whether you agree with like them or not

0:48:41.119,0:48:44.880
like and whether you think it was

0:48:42.640,0:48:45.599
successful or not that’s like a whole

0:48:44.880,0:48:48.400
different thing

0:48:45.599,0:48:50.000
but it’s just like a wild time in

0:48:48.400,0:48:53.040
russian history

0:48:50.000,0:48:55.599
um yeah and so that’s the

0:48:53.040,0:48:56.559
story of rasputin and the last russian

0:48:55.599,0:48:58.960
emperor

0:48:56.559,0:48:59.599
so sorry like took a depressing turn at

0:48:58.960,0:49:01.359
the end

0:48:59.599,0:49:03.359
i’m gonna try like i said i’m gonna

0:49:01.359,0:49:06.880
challenge myself i need to pick a topic

0:49:03.359,0:49:10.160
where there is no like death or despair

0:49:06.880,0:49:12.640
i don’t know it’s hard yeah it’s hard i

0:49:10.160,0:49:15.200
was looking at next topics and basically

0:49:12.640,0:49:18.400
all the ones are like wars

0:49:15.200,0:49:19.599
so literally so let’s

0:49:18.400,0:49:22.079
maybe next time i’ll try to find

0:49:19.599,0:49:24.079
something i thought this light-hearted

0:49:22.079,0:49:27.280
but

0:49:24.079,0:49:29.520
no this is like that’s like the saddest

0:49:27.280,0:49:31.839
one we’ve done oh my gosh

0:49:29.520,0:49:33.520
what because when i started my research

0:49:31.839,0:49:35.599
i’m like i’m just gonna do rasputin

0:49:33.520,0:49:36.720
but like you can’t just like end with

0:49:35.599,0:49:40.000
his death because then

0:49:36.720,0:49:43.280
like all of russia changes like

0:49:40.000,0:49:45.760
he like he was the one who predicted it

0:49:43.280,0:49:47.200
like not the details but he was like oh

0:49:45.760,0:49:47.599
you guys are going to be killed if i’m

0:49:47.200,0:49:51.040
gone

0:49:47.599,0:49:54.480
oh my gosh scary yeah

0:49:51.040,0:49:58.880
halloween yeah i guess like almost

0:49:54.480,0:50:02.160
halloween episode um

0:49:58.880,0:50:02.559
well thank you so much nat for covering

0:50:02.160,0:50:04.319
that

0:50:02.559,0:50:06.160
this is probably one of my favorite

0:50:04.319,0:50:09.520
episodes we have done

0:50:06.160,0:50:10.319
it was funny and sad at the same time we

0:50:09.520,0:50:13.119
love a good

0:50:10.319,0:50:14.800
emotional roller rollercoaster yeah well

0:50:13.119,0:50:16.720
thanks for listening

0:50:14.800,0:50:19.680
um and yeah we’ll see you guys in the

0:50:16.720,0:50:19.680
next episode

0:50:20.910,0:50:26.570
[Music]

0:50:24.839,0:50:40.659
bye

0:50:26.570,0:50:40.659
[Music]

0:50:41.200,0:50:43.280
you

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