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What Does The Name Raskolnikov Mean?

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Raskolnikov is the last name of the fictional protagonist of the novel Crime and Punishment. His full name is Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. Crime and Punishment is a novel by Dostoevsky. He was also known by the diminutive forms of his name, namely Rodya, Rodenka and Rodka. The name Raskolnikov has been derived from the Russian word raskolnik, which means schismatic.

He is a young student who is living in extreme poverty in a tiny rented garret in the city of Saint Petersburg in Russia. He is believed to be a very intelligent young man, and he occasionally considers himself to be a genius. In the screen adaptations which were based on the book Crime and Punishment, he was portrayed for the first time by Grigori Chmara in Robert Wiene's 1923 adaptation. Crispin Glover and Ilya Kremnov played the part of Raskolnikov in the 2002 and 2005 film adaptations of the book respectively.

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