Fyodor Dostoevsky's Memory, Prayerfully Honored by Orthodox Christians in Russia

“I am sure: three or five hundred years will pass, and people will also gather, lay flowers and remember the work of the writer, because the literary legacy that Fyodor Mikhailovich left is forever”

On the 140th anniversary of the death of the great Russian writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, on February 9, 2021, commemorative events were held at his grave at the Tikhvin cemetery of the Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg.

The requiem for the writer was performed by the clerics of the Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in St. Petersburg (FM Dostoevsky was once a parishioner of this cathedral) Priest Alexander Prokofiev and Deacon Andrei Reimers.

“We often remember both the personality and the work of the great Russian writer, the genius of Russian literature with a worldwide reputation - Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky,” Father Alexander said in his speech before the memorial service. "One hundred and forty years from the day of his death is a reminder to our contemporaries, because Fyodor Mikhailovich is the conscience of our people, our history, our time. His work is very important, relevant today, because it opens before us the main answers to the questions of our life, reveals to us the meaning of life - the search for Christ. Delving deeper into his literary work, we are faced with a divine reality. He is known all over the world... We thank Hrachya Misakovich Poghosyan for the fact that he restored this monument. The opening of the monument after restoration marked the beginning of a cultural marathon dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fyodor Mikhailovich: it happened on November 11 last year, many of you were present then. And today we have gathered to honor the memory of the great Russian writer and pray for his soul".

The head of the administration of the Central District of the Northern Capital Maxim Meyksin noted that the Central District of the city is in a special way connected with the great writer: “Almost all of his characters acted on the territory of the Central District, and it was here that he created his works. Every corner of our district remembers Fyodor Mikhailovich. The legacy of Fyodor Dostoevsky continues to be one of the most important for our readers, and St. Petersburg is one of the most reading cities in Russia. We get acquainted with the work of Dostoevsky in our youth and retain our love for his works all our lives." Maxim Meiksin also said that work is underway to expand the F.M. Dostoevsky Museum.

Director of the Dostoevsky Museum N.T. Ashimbayeva noted in her speech that many people gathered at the cemetery, which means that the memory of the writer is alive in their hearts: “It was always alive - even when there was no Dostoevsky Museum or a monument to him in the city, but images of his works have always been with us." Natalya Ashimbaeva suggested remembering not only about the writer himself, but also about his wife Anna Grigorievna and grandson Andrei Fedorovich, who rest here, and urged to read the works of Dostoevsky. The Dostoevsky Museum organizes commemorative events on the anniversaries of the birth and death of the writer. On this day, a memorial service was performed in the Vladimir Cathedral and a memorable evening took place. Due to the unfavorable epidemic situation, few guests were invited to the evening, but on the Internet you can see a recording of the online broadcast of this and other events of the Memorial Day.

The event at the grave of the writer was also attended by students of the St. Petersburg Cadet Corps of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and gymnasium No. 209 (Pavlovskaya). The director of the Pavlovsk gymnasium Dmitry Efimov thanked for the invitation, stressing that the students present are just beginning to study the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky. “I hope and believe that this event will be memorable for our students and will inspire them to deeply immerse themselves in the writer's work,” noted Dmitry Efimov.

“I am sure that three or five hundred years will pass, and people will also gather, lay flowers and remember the work of the writer, because the literary heritage left by Fyodor Mikhailovich is eternal,” said benefactor Hrachya Poghosyan. He thanked the Chairman of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg Konstantin Sukhenko and the Director of the Museum of Urban Sculpture Vladimir Timofeev for their assistance in the restoration of the tombstone.

Alina Klimenko, general director of the publishing house AiF-Petersburg, reminded that a cultural marathon is being held in honor of the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth, which will last a whole year and will end on November 11, his birthday. Publications, exhibitions, an all-Russian dictation dedicated to the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky, a cycle of online lectures by scientists - researchers of his work are planned.

All those present laid flowers and wreaths on the grave of the writer.

The tombstone to Fyodor Dostoevsky is included in the exposition of the Museum of Urban Sculpture. It was installed in 1883. The restored tombstone of the writer was opened on November 11, 2020 - exactly one year before the 200th anniversary of his birth. The restoration project was implemented by the Hrachya Poghosyan Charitable Foundation with the assistance of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg. The bronze bust, fence, granite blocks and inscriptions have been updated.

Source: patriarchia.ru (Russian)