1. There is actually a Grigori Rasputin Museum run by what seem to be serious collectors and archivists. It stands in the Siberian hometown of the monk, Pokrovskoe, and is operated by Vladimir and Maria Smirnov. By the way, the Smirnovs are the source of the claim that Rasputin is history's most famous Russian. I am sure this has nothing to do with promoting the museum.
2. The Smirnovs discovered Grigori's birth date in parish records to be 9 January 1869.
3. Rasputin had three children – daughters Matryona and Varya, and son Dmitry. As of 2012 he had one authenticated great-granddaughter still alive in Paris by the name of Laurance Io-Solovieff. Naturally, there have been hundreds of claimants to be illegitimate descendants of him.
|Rasputin Museum at Pokrovskoe|
4. Rasputin was something of an early vegan, he abstained from eating meat or milk.
5. Although illiterate he knew the Holy Scripture by heart and recited it for both church officials and the Tsar's family.
6. The Smirnovs dispute the claim that Rasputin was poisoned with cyanide at one stage in his murder. They cite a corner's report that did not find any poison in his blood.
7. His hometown folks loved him. He helped his neighbors, built a church there, and gave gingerbread to the kids.
|Personal Artifacts at the Museum|
8. Like American gangster John Dillinger, the prodigiousness and preservation of Rasputin's penis is the source endless rumor and speculation.
9. Two months before their murder, the former tsar and his family passed through Pokrovskoe and stood outside Grigori's house.
10. Apparently, Rasputin founded a temperance society.
Sources: The Moscow Times, Russia Beyond the Headlines