Florence played a big role in the history of the world and Russian literature, inspiring dozens of writers, poets and publicists. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, Russian great writer, publicist, sophist, classic of Russian literature, was one of them. He has been in Florence twice and lived here for some time. Florentine roads and outside of the ancient houses still keep the memory about Dostoevsky. Fyodor Dostoevsky made his first visit to Florence in 1862 in the company of Nikolay Strakhov, Russian literary critic.