Pronunciation: (ra-spyOO'tin, -tn; Russ. ru-spOO'tyin), [key]
1. Gri•go•ri E•fi•mo•vich Pronunciation: (gri-gôr'ē i-fē'mu-vich; Russ. gryi-gô'ryē yi-fyē'mu-vyich), [key] 1871–1916, Siberian peasant monk who was very influential at the court of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra.
2. any person who exercises great but insidious influence.
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