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Issue №1 2017

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UDC  321

Jason Jay Smart, Postgraduate

Moldova State University Chisinau, Moldova 

 

COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL CASE STUDY: THE CHARACTER POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT AND GRIGORII RASPUTIN 

 Character attacks and character assassination have been active parts of Russian culture for hundreds of years. Why some attacks succeed, while others fail, has remained a lively topic of academic discussion. This article argues that the attacks against Rasputin were successful for two reasons. First, attacks of a sexual nature against Rasputin raised serious concerns about the validity of his role as a religious leader. People who viewed him as holy would be put into the situation of explaining his licentious behavior. Alternatively, the sexuality of the Tsarina was merely a means of embarrassment, but nothing that would disqualify her from ruling; like sexual scandals disqualify a holy man from being holy. Equally, the subject matter of foreignness is important. This paper argues that though the Tsarina was in fact foreign, she made herself sufficiently Russian and the country prospered under her. In terms of Rasputin, though completely Russian, the losses in the First World War were not understandable unless the blame of the losses was put on his foreign allegiances and his misguiding of the Tsar's family.

 Keywords: political assassination, case-study, reputation, image, social communication 

 

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Corresponding author: Jason Jay Smart  

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