Several murals of the station illustrate the plot of “Crime and Punishment,” a complicated psychological novel where the author reflects if the murder of one person can be justified when committed for the good of many people. Passengers on the Moscow metro will see the main character, Rodion Raskolnikiv, a poor student, who is about to kill a pawnbroker with an axe.
A male character from another novel, “Demons,” is behind the corner holding a pistol to his temple.
The pictures of murals caused a storm of controversy after being published on the internet. Bloggers criticized the pictures as being gloomy and suicidal. The new station has already been dubbed the “station of suicides.”
The artist behind the murals, Ivan Nikolayev, was unrepentant. "What did you want? Scenes of dancing? Dostoevsky does not have them."