This article is fascinating and informative. Just try to ignore the way the writer uses the words “magic” and “mysticism” interchangeably. These two things are not the same as I pointed out in a previous post.
Try not to let it annoy you when he clearly believes in the pop culture version of Rasputin. For the record, Rasputin didn’t cast spells or work magic (at least not consciously). As a religious mystic he used prayer and faith healing to keep alive young Alexei, the Tsarevich, when the doctors had no treatment options. Remember, Rasputin was loyal to the Tsar and his family during a time when the Tsar was very unpopular. Almost everything written about “the mad monk” was written by people who despised him.
For an positive look at Rasputin I highly recommend Rasputin: The Untold Story by Joseph Fuhrmann. Great book.