Grigori Rasputin was a Russian Orthodox Christian and mystic. He was sometimes called the “Mad Monk”. Rasputin highly influenced Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and their son. He is most known for possibly discrediting the Tsarist government which ultimately led to the downfall of the Romanovs. Also known, for me anyways, as the villain in Anastasia, the animated film where he sells his soul to the devil to take the Romanovs down. This didn’t actually happen obviously but Rasputin did have an interesting death.
He was stabbed once and his entrails were even falling out of the wound. He survived only to be poisoned with cyanide 2 years later by Prince Felix Yusupov and two other nobles, Dmitri Pavlovich and Vladimir Purishkevich who lured him into the palace under the false pretenses that Princess Irina would be there. This also didn’t take and it was speculated that he was never actually poisoned in the first place. After realizing the poison wasn’t working, either because it didn’t exist or because Rasputin was some kind of devil man, Prince Yusupov (The man who was trying to kill him because of his influence on the Tsarina) took a revolver and shot him in the back. When Yusupov left the body and the palace without a coat, he came back to grab a coat and went to check on the body. Lo and behold Rasputin opened his eyes and lunged at him. So as this “dead” guy is lunging at Yusupov and trying to strangle him, he’s obviously like “oh shit this dead guy strangling me”. However, Pavlovich and Purishkevich were there to back him up and shot Rasputin another 3 times. Guess what? He still wasn’t dead. So of course they clubbed him into submission which I bet took a while seeing as how nothing seems to get this guy. They finally disposed of the body, submerging him into a partially frozen lake. Best part? HE WAS STILL ALIVE THEN TOO.
Yep. So after being shot four times, poisoned with a very considerable amount of cyanide (which autopsy reports show was indeed ingested) and bludgeoned, he was alive enough to have water in his lungs at the end of it all which means he was underwater trying to breathe.
Does this make him crush-worthy? While he wasn’t the most attractive of men and most of the information above is debatable in the first place since there are only the accounts of Yusupov, Purishkevich, and Pavlovich as evidence, you have to admire his alleged fight.