- historical event: Dostoyevsky was brought to the site along with his fellow prisoners, and then waited to be shot in the freezing cold.
On this day Russian writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was sentenced to death because he was a member of the liberal society of intellectuals known as Petrashevsky Circle. Russia was at that time ruled by the extremely reactionary Tsar Nicholas I, who destroyed every group that could potentially jeopardize his autocratic rule. Dostoevsky was brought to the site along with his fellow prisoners. While waiting to be executed in the freezing cold, he learned that his death sentence was commuted to four years hard labor in Siberia. He was sent to the city of Omsk in southwestern Siberia, where he served his sentence in, by his own testimony, tremendously difficult conditions.