09.02.

1881: Death of Russian Novelist Dostoyevsky

1881: Death of Russian Novelist Dostoyevsky
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This day in 1881 marked the death of famous Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky. The writer died in St. Petersburg, which was at that time the capital of the Russian Empire. Dostoyevsky was almost a peer of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Queen Victoria.

It is interesting that Dostoyevsky was of rather gentle physical constitution and around 160 centimeters tall. At one point he was even banished to Siberia, but eventually became a respected member of Russian society. Towards the end of his life he even socialized with Russian emperor Alexander II, who was killed in a very bloody assassination only a month after Dostoyevsky’s death.

Dostoyevsky’s funeral was allegedly attended by tens of thousands of people. He was buried at the Tikhvin Cemetery in St. Petersburg, the same place where many other famous Russians are buried: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Ivan Andreyevich Krylov, Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, etc. That important cemetery is located in the complex of the St. Alexander Nevsky monastery, right next to the River Neva, which flows through St. Petersburg.

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