Rasputin's Daughter Literally Ran Away And Joined The Circus

By Wynne Flint


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).