The enigmatic Rasputin...and this is a great photo from the #Romanovs100 site on Twitter. I can almost see his mystical and fanatical zeal. He is always portrayed as the villain who brought down the dynasty; perhaps or perhaps not. I'll keep an open mind for now. I think he was a reformer who had the ear of the Tsar and Tsarina and the other members of the family were not prepared to relax one drop of power.