Ra Ra Rasputin, lover of the Russian Queen is a popular song from the 1970s—by Boney M. This song references Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, who was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and gained considerable influence on the matters of imperial Russia. Grigori Rasputin, who had a terrible reputation for his womanizing and spendthrift ways, was infamous for his villainy.
Reckoning that Rasputin’s influence over the Tsarina (wife of Tsar Nicholas II) was a huge threat to the empire, a group of nobles concocted a plan to kill Rasputin by luring him for a wine drinking session. He was offered wine and cakes which were laced with cyanide and Rasputin had a feast of it—but, in spite of consuming it, he still stood rock solid. At last, it took a few bullets to bring him down. It is assumed that the absence of hydrochloric acid in his stomach (a condition known as achlorhydria) due to excessive drinking saved him from cyanide poisoning.
It’s not rare to hear of cyanide being used for suicides as well as murder. It’s an irony that the same cyanide which was used to murder Jewish prisoners in Hitler’s concentration camps was the same poison that took the life of Hitler’s lover and close associates following the downfall of Germany at the end of the Second World War. The world renowned mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) members who executed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had all consumed cyanide to end their lives.