Lead:  Because of his influence with Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and the Tsarina Alexandria, the holy man Rasputin made many enemies and may have contributed to a revolution.

Intro: A Moment In Time with Dan Roberts.

Content:  In 1915 the Tsar left St. Petersburg to take personal command of the troops at the front.  This left Alexandra in virtual control of the government.  Because she felt Rasputin miraculously kept their son’s hemophilia under control, she trusted his advice on other matters, government policy and personnel.  As the months passed a bewildering, aimless and demoralizing succession of ministers were appointed and then fired.  Some were good, but most were incompetent, unqualified or openly corrupt.  Many were recommended by Rasputin.

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