Visit to the Dostoevsky Museum/apartment. Dostoevsky, a genius of Russian literature, had an animated life. Opposed to the tsarist regime like most of the intellectuals of his time, he was sentenced to death, though his sentence was fortunately commuted at the very last minute as he stood in front of the firing squad. He spent four years in a prisoner’s camp in Omsk, Siberia, then five more years of compulsory military service as a lieutenant in the steppes of Kazakhstan. He then moved to St. Petersburg where he wrote The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment, living in poor districts and inspired by the complex and tortured people around him. The museum, installed in one of the apartments where he actually lived, allows visitors to understand his work, his characters, and 19th century life.