Rasputin's Daughter Literally Ran Away And Joined The Circus

By | January 23, 2020

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Maria Rasputin as a circus performer in 1932. (Source: All Russia)

Imagine this scenario: Your father is a high-profile mystic, purported to be impossible to kill. Your friends are empresses. Not what most people consider a normal existence. Then, with the flip of a political switch, the rug is swept out from under you: Your mother and brother "disappear," your sister dies under mysterious circumstances, and after you're forced to identify your father's body, he speaks to you from beyond the grave. What do you do? If you're Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina, A.K.A. Maria Rasputin, you join the circus (among other things). 

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From left to right: Varvara, Maria’s sister; Rasputin, holding Maria; and Dmitri, her brother. (Source: All Russia)

So, Where'd It All Start?

In the interest of letting Rasputina speak for herself:

I was born in 1899 in the village of Pokrovskoe in the county of Tobolsk. My parents are peasants, simple people. Our family consists of: father, mother, grandfather (my father's father), my brother, sister, and myself. We all live happily together, but sometimes I get cross with my brother and sister, but with my sister, I get cross all the time. My father plays an important role because the Sovereign knows him and loves him.

Though her year of birth was disputed (some sources say 1898), it's true that Maria Rasputina was born in the Siberian village of Pokrovskoye. The infamous Grigori Rasputin was, in her eyes, a pious, generous starets who actively encouraged his children's prayer and fasting. Her good-natured jokes about tucking her heels rather than kneeling the entire time reveal a sense of humor that stayed with her all her life.