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Dostoevsky Murals in Moscow Subways To Encourage Suicide?

08.11.10 Marina Galperina

Will Russians dive onto the rails or bludgeon fellow passengers over literary murals? Russian psychologists are fearful of Moscow metro’s illustrations based on classic Dostoevsky passages, such as: “Can it be, that I shall really take an ax, that I shall strike her on the head, split her skull open… that I shall tread in the sticky warm blood, break the lock, steal and tremble; hide, all spattered in the blood… with the ax… Good God, can it be?”

Relax, guys. Most passengers versed enough in Russian lit are used to depression.