The Black Sheep of Pokrovskoe

The Life and Times of Grigorii Rasputin

by Alex de Jonge
Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov is writing about that familiar figure of the old Russia, the starets, or holy man: “A starets takes your soul, your will, into his soul and will. In choosing a starets you renounce your own will and surrender it to him in perfect submission, absolute …