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Grigori Rasputin

Grigori Rasputin

In the Tirelis Swamp, Russian reinforcements have mutinied, leading the Russian advance to be called off. The Germans, seizing the opportunity, counter-attacked, and were held off by the Latvian Rifles for two days in -35C weather. The Russians attack to the northern flank succeeded in taking 1,000 prisoners by overrunning a German fortified position. Fighting ended December 29, after the largest victory for the Russians on this front.

The German colony of Togoland, abandoned and occupied by the Allies, has been divided into occupation zones by the British and French.

The Russian mystic and royal advisor Grigori Rasputin, seen by many imperial figures as holding inappropriate sway over the royal family, was murdered December 31 by being poisoned, shot, and thrown into a lake. His body was found the next day.

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