Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, the greatest of Russia’s 19th century writers and one of the greatest writers of all times, was born in Moscow in 1821. In 1846, he published his first book Poor Folk, which instantly received wide-spread acclaim. In 1849 he was incarcerated for being a member of a subversive-revolutionist group and sentenced to death. At the last moment, the verdict was altered to hard labor in Siberia. During his imprisonment, his worldview changed dramatically and he turned from a socialist revolutionist into a dedicated monarchist and member of the Russian Orthodox Church. After his return from Siberia, the most important stage of his creative career began, culminating in his masterpieces: Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons and The Brothers Karamazov.