11/16 – Dostoevsky’s Arrest

"Dostoevsky" by Vasili Perov, 1872. (source: Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1849 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky and fellow members of the Petrashevsky Circle were sentenced to death for "dangerous" political speech. The Circle, composed of intellectuals and writers, shared radical ideas about government and religion. Gogol's Letter, a written statement denouncing Ukrainian playwright Nikolai…