Editor says, what if Rasputin had enabled the Romanovs to survive? muses Jackie Rose. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Happy Endings thread.
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Editor says, point of divergence: Rasputin did attend that fatal party, where he was brutally murdered. For a long time, it was believed that the killer was Prince Yusupov, especially since he bragged that he had done the deed. However, Wikipedia now reports that the British secret service might well have been responsible, because they did, indeed, fear that the monk would convince the Czarina to urge her husband towards peace. As it was, World War I raged on, the people rebelled, the royal family was overthrown, and the Bolsheviks seized control of the revolution by promising to take Russia out of the war .. everything that the British had feared. The Bolsheviks went on to kill the entire royal family, including the couple's five children. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.