The humanities and social science

2022 Issue №2

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On M.A. Ivanova’s personal pension provision, granted for F.M. Dostoevsky’s service to the Soviet state



The article deals with the problems of personal pension provision of M. A. Ivanova, the niece of F. M. Dostoevsky, granted for the merits of her famous relative. The main information sources are the documents of the pension file stored in the State Archive of the Russian Federation, confirming the right of the writer’s niece to a personal pension for the merits of her uncle and containing information about the size of the pension and the payment plan. The studied documents, together with regulatory acts and statistical data of the corresponding period, made it possible to clarify the circumstances of the appointment of M. A. Ivanova’s pension, explain the established size of payments and conclude that she was assigned to more decent benefit compared to personal pensioners — family members of participants in the revolutionary movement and the Civil War (not related to the command staff), and even more so with recipients of pensions on a general basis. At the same time, the pension documents identified some unsolved problems: the reasons why the social security authorities searched M. A. Ivanova and why her pension book returned to the People’s Commissariat of Social Security of the RSFSR in January 1928, one and a half years before the officially recognized date of death.