Leonardo DiCaprio Tapped For Rasputin Role Is Leo's Summer of Fun Coming to an End? June 10, 2013 Share This link Leonardo DiCaprio Tapped For Rasputin Role Source: Getty / Rindoff/Charriau 2 / 13 by Meghan Rooney 1 Save 0 Favorite 0 Leonardo DiCaprio watched the French Open finals with Lukas Haas. More Photos Previous 2 / 13 Next by Meghan Rooney 1 What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 Leonardo DiCaprio watched the French Open finals with Lukas Haas. More Photos ‹ Back to Homepage Save 0 Favorite 0 Follow POPSUGAR Celebrity Pinterest Twitter Google + Instagram Featured Partners The Father of Evelyn Lozada's Baby Is... Penélope Cruz Reveals the One Show She Can't Get Enough Of Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy Perry Score Grammy Noms - But Miley Cyrus is Shut Out Jennifer Lopez Responds to Marc Anthony Divorce Papers More News at PEOPLE.com Evelyn Lozada Identifies Baby Daddy: Carl Crawford of L.A. Dodgers Wendy Williams: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me Beyonce Steps Out in Fur Collar While Going Vegan: See the Picture Zoe Saldana Rates Crossroads Costar Britney Spears' Acting Chops More News at Us Weekly Celebrities Take To Twitter To Honor Mandela You Won't Believe Who Makes Mark Ballas Cry The Definitive And Final Proof That Beyonce Runs The World Paul Walker Autopsy Placed On 'Security Hold' More News at Huffington Post popsugar live! NOW Watch POPSUGAR LIVE! Now NOW Watch POPSUGAR LIVE! Now Sponsored Links Subscribe to POPSUGAR Subscribe now to get instantly addictive email delivered to your inbox! Daily Sales & Arrivals Celebrity & Entertainment Featured Shops Fitness Fashion & Beauty Living Must Have ShopStyle Search Top BrandsValentinoThe Body ShopAnthropologieAnastasiaRagwearLouis VuittonZigiTahari Top Searchespendletonscarves for womenl.a.m.b.womens bootscell phone casesvintage shoesnon slip shoesskinny jeans for women Leonardo DiCaprioLukas Haas Link Love Miley Cyrus had the most-viewed videos of the yearETJennifer Lopez is changing her name — Us WeeklyWhat is Lindsay Lohan doing in Miami? — Lainey GossipParis Hilton is unhappy about her Twitter hoax — HuffPost CelebrityMadonna's son Rocco is all grown up — PeopleAmy Poehler gives the best advice — BuzzFeedWas The Sound of Music Live! really that bad? — The Daily BeastBrian Griffin may come back to Family Guy — Pink Is the New BlogSpencer Pratt graduates USC after 10 years — D-ListedWhy was Scandal's season cut short? — JustJaredJessica Hart works it for Victoria's Secret — Hollywood TunaJanuary Jones gets in the Christmas spirit — The SuperficialThe Kardashians' show is losing viewers — PopBytes Sign in to leave a comment Sign in with your account Don't have an account? Create one now! 14587779 25 weeks Rasputin was not the madman portrayed in books and film. He was a healer, a champion of the underdog and downtrodden, and he was anti-war. He was especially horrified at the ethnic cleansing (pogroms) conducted by the military. It was a time when anti-Semitism was government policy, as evidenced by the laws restricting Jews to live in a certain area (The Pale of Settlement) and barring them from educations and many occupations. The worst were the raids wherein entire towns of Jews were tortured and slaughtered. To be against war (during WW I) and to advocate equal rights for Jews (who were all considered spies and thieves) were stances that were considered treasonous by society. Even worse, Rasputin had many progressive ideas for economic and social reform that threatened the nobility but which could have avoided the revolution. Read “RASPUTIN: THE MEMOIRS OF HIS SECRETARY” by Aron Simanovitch, recently translated into English and annotated for historical accuracy. Rasputin was a wild guy, but not the monster the aristocracy tried to depict him as. The demonic myth is based on the rumors the nobles spread to discredit him. See More Lukas Haas Celebrity Babies Jan 05, 2009 Hollywood's A-List Clique Has a Bikini-Filled NYE in Cabo! Kate Bosworth Aug 09, 2007 Leo's Friends Come out at the 11th Hour Shirtless May 24, 2013 Leo Lounges Shirtless on a Yacht Surrounded By Ladies celebrity couples Aug 02, 2011 Leonardo and Blake Take Their Romance Onto the Streets For a Bike Ride Red Carpet Jul 14, 2010 PSR 7/15/10: Spencer Crashes The Hills Party, Audrina Comments on Heidi, & John on Drug Use Movies Aug 14, 2013 Lukas Haas Talks Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio's Flyboard Adventure You Might Also Like Poll Jul 20, 2008 What's Tackier? POPSUGAR News Nov 21, 2011 Video: Jennifer Lopez's Striptease Leads the 3 Must-See AMA Moments Red Carpet Jul 20, 2010 Lindsay in Jail, Angelina and Brad Cozy Up For Salt, and Steve's Office Romance Rumors! Bikini Jul 07, 2006 Who has the best beach butt?