On 29 June 1914, Khioniya Guseva attempted to assassinate Grigori Rasputin in the monk’s home village of Pokrovskoe Selo in western Siberia.
Although the facts of the attaack are unclear, it’s said that Guseva stabbed Rasputin either as he left church or while he was reading a telegram outside the post office.
Althought Guseva’s attempt to murder Rasputin was unsuccessful, the attack left him in great pain and it’s said that his behaviour greatly altered after the incident.
Guseva, meanwhile, was deemed to be insane and was committed to an asylum.
Liverpool Echo – Tuesday 14 July 1914
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The Post – Sunday 07 January 1917
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