So instead, Yusupov turned Rasputin into a demonic Terminator who could not be killed, even returning from the dead to attack his assassins, making Yusupov look like a real-life Van Helsing instead of a common backstabber.
But keen Rasputin fans will note that even if the ensuing bullet storm ice-capade was nothing but a cheap way to promote Yusupov's book tour, that doesn't account for the fact that Rasputin survived consuming an unbelievable amount of cyanide in his wine and cakes before being shot to death. Unbelievable ... in that you shouldn't believe that part either.
While it had been the plan to poison Rasputin, the poisoner in question, Dr. Stanislaw Yusupov, waited until he was on his deathbed before confessing he had suffered a crisis of conscience and chickened out. So the only thing Rasputin survived that fateful night was some perfectly fine wine (he didn't even eat the cakes), before getting shot point blank and, quite reasonably, dying from it.