“ХХIII International April Dostoevsky readings days” in Staraya Russa, Russia

Did you know that the fictional town of Skotoprigonyevsk in Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” was based on Staraya Russa?

Since 2006 this beautiful Russian town Staraya Russa is hosting “International April Dostoevsky readings days”. This annual literary event hosting roundtable discussions,  inspiring artist talks, presentations, lectures and much more.

This year conference “Dostoevsky’s Works in the Perception of the 21st Century Readers “ will be held in days between 20-22 of April.



Staraya Russa, a small town in the center of Novgorod Oblast in Russia. Word on the street is that Staraya Russa is known as the summer retreat of the Russian novelist Dostoevsky.

Besides being a peaceful summer escape, Staraya Russa is one of the oldest towns in Russia. In fact, its history dates back to the mid-10th century. Having seen several battles, the town has been destroyed many times under the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the 17th century. Yet, time after time, it has been able to rebuild its distinct wooden houses, churches, and balneological resorts.

Today, Staraya Russa is known for its peaceful rivers, laid-back locals, Dostoevsky sights, and an escape from crowded cities.


Tue ‒ Thu: 09am ‒ 07pm
Fri ‒ Mon: 09am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $25
Children & Students free

673 12 Constitution Lane Massillon
781-562-9355, 781-727-6090