Schoolchildren from the CIS Countries took part in the International Project "Eternal Dostoevsky"

05/03/2022 18:18

The International Project "Eternal Dostoevsky" continues in Astrakhan. This is a series of educational lectures, meetings, discussions and contests aimed at supporting and preserving the Russian language and culture abroad.

Recall that the authors and organizers of the project are the partner of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, the Center for International Studies "Caspian-Eurasia", N.K. Krupskaya  Astrakhan Regional Scientific Library, partner of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Astrakhan State Technical University supported by the Government of the Astrakhan Region, the Agency for Youth Affairs of the Astrakhan Region, the Center for Support of NGOs and Civic Initiatives and the Presidential Grants Foundation.

On March 3, the second meeting of the participants took place as part of the online literary lesson-dialogue "Crime and Punishment" by F.M. Dostoevsky - a living classic.

This time, schoolchildren and high school teachers from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan showed interest in the online meeting. One of the speakers was Olga Kryakhtunova, Associate Professor of the Russian Language Department of Astrakhan State Technical University.

At the beginning of the event, the participants shared their impressions of the Fyodor Dostoevsky’s work.

“Our school is small. Not all children like to read books, but those guys who like, wanted to take part in your project, and of course, they are different, and come up with questions and impressions after reading Dostoevsky,” - says the teacher of the Secondary School in the village of Volgodonovka, Arshaly district, Akmola area Lyubov Guseva.

So, Evelina Gridyushko talked about how she was impressed by the novel "Crime and Punishment" and the story "The Boy at Christ on the Christmas Tree". High school student Nikita Maslov was attracted by the protagonist of the novel "Demons", and Arina Azarova noted the artistic production of the audio play "Crime and Punishment", which is available on YouTube.

“Since all children are different, there are those who are ready to read and analyze. Or, on the contrary, for those who find it difficult, we try to choose different forms for working with them - interactive methods, tabulation, discussions. And often children transfer literary events to their own experience,” - Anna Gorokhvodatskaya, a teacher of Russian language and literature at Novoshim secondary school No. 2, shares her experience.

After interactive communication, the lesson participants were shown an excerpt from an interview with actor Yevgeny Mironov, who played Prince Myshkin in the film adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot. Schoolchildren discussed this literary image, imagining such a person in modern life.

“I have not met exactly such people, but in some individual people there are his features: gloominess of the soul, melancholy. I also want to add that everything in Dostoevsky plays to create the image of a hero - his words, deeds and even a depressing and gloomy description of a city or nature,” - shares Danelia Mordovets, a high school student.

Together with the teacher, the high school students also studied the psychological portrait of Rodion Raskolnikov and reflected on the relationship between Prince Myshkin and Nastasya Filippovna. They came to the conclusion that Dostoevsky does not have only good or bad characters. Each of his characters shows his different characteristic features, just like in life.

“We should not forget that Dostoevsky is a Christian writer, his character - a sinner can become a righteous man, and a righteous man can stumble,” - added Dmitry Bychkov, Associate Professor of the Russian Language Department of the Astrakhan State Technical University.

Thus, the guys came to the conclusion that both the characters and the storylines in the work of the great writer are relevant in our lives to this day. They will talk about this in more detail during the next lesson, which is scheduled for mid-March.

“Our project “Eternal Dostoevsky” will run throughout the month. We will discuss the works of Fyodor Mikhailovich and say what touches us in his works and why his novels are truly eternal,” - noted Deputy Head of the Caspian-Eurasia Center Yevgeny Yukin.

The project "Eternal Dostoevsky" takes place in an online format using video connections. If you want to take part in the next online lesson, applications for participation are accepted by e-mail: and by phone 89880701589, 89648878242.