page 167 of 752 of My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen

My favorite part of Crime and Punishment was Porfiry’s interrogation of Raskolnikov. I loved the tricks he used to get the guilty man to finally break.

However, here we see an even darker side of Russian law enforcement: the torture (banned three times), the debt you go in each day (2 paper roubles) to stay locked up, the theatrics of any real court. All this set against the daily, angry arson of Moscow.