Connection to the U.S.S.R. during the Sino-Soviet split
A Chinese citizen studying in the USSR, Zhang Yidong had just married a Russian woman and was pursuing a university education at the Leningrad University on the eve of the Anti-Rightist Campaign in 1957.
He was accused of lacking passion for Communism in China proper and was forced to leave his new wife and studies to return home. He was later imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution. The Laogai Research Foundation published Zhang’s autobiography in 2007.