Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Rasputin's Penis

Grogori Rasputin (1869-1916) was a Russian mystic believed by some to be a psychic and faith healer having supernatural powers. He was seen as having greatly influenced the later days of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife the Tsaritsa Alexandra.
When Rasputin was murdered by a group of noblemen in 1916, some accounts say he was also sexually mutilated and his penis was severed. Since then, a number of people claiming to be in possession of his severed penis have come forth, although none of them have been able to prove it definitively.

Rasputin among admirers, 1914

Reputed characteristics
Some histories of the Russian Revolution comment on Rasputin's sexual skills and on the reputed size or other unusual characteristics of his penis. Orlando Figes writes:
One woman confessed that the first time she made love to him her orgasm was so violent that she fainted. Perhaps his potency as a lover also had a physical explanation. Rasputin's assassin and alleged homosexual lover, Felix Yusopov, claimed that his prowess was explained by a large wart strategically situated on his penis, which was of exceptional size.
In another recounting of Rasputin's assassination, his member is described as "notorious in Petrograd", but "disappointingly, the conspirators apparently found [the dead] Rasputin's penis of ordinary size and character."

History of the alleged remains
Russian noblemen feared Rasputin's significant and increasing influence on the tsar's wife, and so, on December 29, 1916, he was murdered. Some accounts say that his killers also sexually mutilated him, severing his penis. The official report of his autopsy disappeared during the Stalin era, as did several research assistants who had seen it.
According to some, a maid discovered the severed organ at Rasputin's murder site, keeping it until it was somehow acquired in the 1920s by a group of female Russian expatriates living in Paris. The women worshipped the organ as a fertility charm, storing it inside a wooden casket. Upon learning of the women, Rasputin's daughter, Marie, demanded that the item be returned to her. She maintained custody of the object until her death in California in 1977.
A man named Michael Augustine purchased the object, along with a number of Marie Rasputin's other personal items, at a Santa Cruz storage-locker sale following Marie Rasputin's death. Augustine consigned the artifact to Bonhams auction house, but officials quickly realized that the item was not a penis, but was in fact a sea cucumber. It is unclear if the sea creature was the same item worshiped by the Russian women in the 1920s. Augustine accepted the conclusion of the expert from Bonham's. The auction house later auctioned the manuscripts, letters, photographs and the strange looking 'penis cucumber' from Marie Rasputin's estate.
In 2004, Igor Knyazkin, the chief of the prostate research center of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, announced that he was opening a Russian museum of erotica in St. Petersburg,
Russia. Among the exhibits, Knyazkin claims, is the 30cm (12 inch) long "preserved penis" of Grigori Rasputin, along with several of Rasputin's letters. He stated that he purchased the items from a French collector of antiquities and artifacts for €6,600 (US $8,000). Knyazkin had said that merely viewing the supposed penis will cure males of impotency. It is not known if the penis is indeed that of Rasputin.