Paveletskaya station

Dostoyevskaya subway station

This new station in the Moscow metro that opened recently has nothing to do with the rest of the stations dominated by socialist realism and Soviet greatness. It is devoted to the writer Fyodor Dostoevsky and is decorated with black and white marble mosaics of scenes from his most famous novels, including Crime and Punishment, Demons, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. Unsurprisingly for a writer famously preoccupied with death, the scenes include images of suicide and murder. The opening of the station was postponed by the Moscow authorities over fears and warnings of many psychiatrists that the depressing illustrations that decorate it could turn the station into a "mecca for suicides". Anyway, the Russian capital's metro is a "popular" place to make a suicide. Each year an estimated 150 people choose to end their lives falling on the tracks of the metro. The numbers are unofficial, as the authorities prohibit any reference to the issue. The artist behind the murals, Ivan Nikolaev, refused to make any changes to the decorations. "What did you want? Scenes of dancing? Dostoevsky doesn't have them," he told the media. "I tried to convey Dostoevsky as a man, an artist, a philosopher."