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The mysterious life and death of Rasputin - Eden Girma

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On a night in 1916, Russian aristocrats set a plot of assassination into motion. If all went as planned, a man would be dead by morning, though others had already tried and failed. The monarchy was on the brink of collapse, and they believed this man was the single cause of it all. Who was he, and why was he to blame for the fate of an empire? Eden Girma explores the life of the notorious Rasputin.

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  • Educator Eden Girma
  • Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Storyboard Artist Luisa M H Copetti
  • Animator Felipe Urbanetto, Luisa M H Copetti
  • Compositor Gabriel Maia
  • Art Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Sound Designer Gabriel Maia
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-checker Liz McGlone
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Primary sources include:
Jusupov, Feliks F., and Felix Youssoupoff. Lost Splendor: The Amazing Memoirs of the Man Who Killed Rasputin. Helen Marx Books, 2003.
Foreign Office papers, held by The National Archives: specifically, FO 800/75, FO 800/178, FO 371/2994, and FO 371/2741.

For secondary sources/biographies, see:
Smith, Douglas. Rasputin: Faith, power, and the twilight of the Romanovs. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Warth, R. D. (1985). Before Rasputin: Piety and the Occult at the Court of Nicholas II. The Historian, 47(3), 323–337.

Massie, Robert K. Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty. Random House Publishing Group, 2011.

Fuhrmann, Joseph T. Rasputin: the untold story. John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

Radzinsky, Edvard. The Rasputin File. Anchor, 2010.
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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Eden Girma
  • Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Storyboard Artist Luisa M H Copetti
  • Animator Felipe Urbanetto, Luisa M H Copetti
  • Compositor Gabriel Maia
  • Art Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Sound Designer Gabriel Maia
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-checker Liz McGlone
  • See more