I read Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoyevsky in a readalong organised by Unputdownables over a period of three months. This is, in my opinion, the best way to read such a chunk of classic Russian literature - in a rythme that is manageable, with lots of individual perspectives heard on a plot written in a remarkable style and taking place in an era and a society that are mostly foreign to us.
And yes, Dickens writes about similar circumstances but I find his writing style more "understandable". Also, the British reality is perhaps nearer my vision of past history in Europe. In any case, the fact that several people read this at the same time, with different translations (also a great way to learn different aspects of life depending on the translator's sources) and different annotations shedding light to background information, really proved helpful and made such a great book easy to read as well.