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Rasputin

[ ra-spyoo-tin, -tn; Russian ruh-spoo-tyin ]
/ ræˈspyu tɪn, -tn; Russian rʌˈspu tyɪn /
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noun

Gri·go·ri E·fi·mo·vich [gri-gawr-ee i-fee-muh-vich; Russian gryi-gaw-ryee yi-fyee-muh-vyich], /grɪˈgɔr i ɪˈfi mə vɪtʃ; Russian gryɪˈgɔ ryi yɪˈfyi mə vyɪtʃ/, c1871–1916, Siberian peasant monk who was very influential at the court of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra.
any person who exercises great but insidious influence.

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Rasputin
/ (ræˈspjuːtɪn, Russian rasˈputin) /

noun

Grigori Efimovich (ɡriˈɡɔrij jɪˈfiməvitʃ). ?1871–1916, Siberian peasant monk, notorious for his debauchery, who wielded great influence over Tsarina Alexandra. He was assassinated by a group of Russian noblemen
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