Monday, June 21, 2004
fun Rasputin fact
In some academic circles, I am considered an expert on early 20th century Russia (and by "some academic circles", I mean "my apartment").
Therefore, I know quite a bit about Rasputin, although I admit that's the first time I've seen his penis (that is, that's the first time I've seen it not in a dream).
But did you know that famous French designer Coco Chanel was at one time involved with (and possibly even married to) one of the men that murdered Rasputin, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich? Yeah, swear to god. He and two others killed Rasputin, who was not only well-hung but also a tough mother fucker. The three originally poisoned him and left him in a basement to die. When they checked on him and saw he was alive, they beat him. Later while they were drinking upstairs, Rasputin crashed into the room and made a mad dash to escape. Dmitri and the others chased him down and shot him in the front yard of Yusupov Palace. After that, they took his body and wrapped in a sack and dumped it in the Malaya Nevka River.
When the body was found days later and the autopsy performed, it was discovered that Rasputin died not from the poison, beating, or gun shots, but rather by drowning.
The verdict: bad dude.
Anyway, Dmitri was never formally convicted or indicted for the murder, but his uncle sent him away in shame because all the whisperings that ran throughout the country, which was in for a pretty tough time for the next, oh, about 80+ years.
Dmitri eventually moved to France where he lived the life of a socialite, and before you know it, he was banging Coco Chanel. Some have even gone so far to say that Dmitri "inspired" the famous Chanel #5.
So there you go...a cosmetics empire built by the inspiration of a Russian Grand Duke who murdered Rasputin.
Now don't ever say that this isn't educational.