">Name: Vissarion Belinskii, Letter to Gogol', Russia
Artist: Vissarion Belinskii, Fedor Dostoevskii|
Confronting Bodies: Government of Tzar Nikolai I
Date of Action: 1840s
Specific Location: Russia
Description of Artwork: The writings of Belinskii are known for their scathing critiques of Russian society and religion. In one passage from his "Selected Passages from Correspondence with Friends," he suggests that, instead of embracing "mysticism, asceticism or pietism," referring to Russian Orthodoxy, autocracy and nationalism, Russians should support laws that are "compatible with good sense and justice rather than the teachings of the church."