The Rasputin Theory of Politics

We are obsessed with shadowy advisors and sinister agents. Here’s why that’s bad.

It took two bullets, two glasses of poison and the Malaya Nevka River to kill Grigori Rasputin. His killers, the most eminent of whom was Prince Felix Yusupov, were convinced that the man they had murdered was the dark hand behind the Russian throne. They were right. For…