Faina Vakhreva and Chiang Ching-kuo swimming in a river near Sverdlovsk, now Ekaterinburg, in Russia in the mid-1930s. Vakhreva wed the son of China’s Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in 1935 before moving with him to China and later Taiwan. Photo: Handout Faina Vakhreva and Chiang Ching-kuo swimming in a river near Sverdlovsk, now Ekaterinburg, in Russia in the mid-1930s. Vakhreva wed the son of China’s Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in 1935 before moving with him to China and later Taiwan. Photo: Handout
Faina Vakhreva and Chiang Ching-kuo swimming in a river near Sverdlovsk, now Ekaterinburg, in Russia in the mid-1930s. Vakhreva wed the son of China’s Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in 1935 before moving with him to China and later Taiwan. Photo: Handout

The mysterious Russian wife of Chiang Kai-shek son and former Taiwan leader Chiang Ching-kuo

  • Factory worker Faina Vakhreva married Chiang Ching-kuo, son of China’s Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, in 1935, propelling her into China’s first family
  • Little was known about her until author Mark O’Neill started researching her life. He has now written her biography

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Faina Vakhreva and Chiang Ching-kuo swimming in a river near Sverdlovsk, now Ekaterinburg, in Russia in the mid-1930s. Vakhreva wed the son of China’s Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in 1935 before moving with him to China and later Taiwan. Photo: Handout Faina Vakhreva and Chiang Ching-kuo swimming in a river near Sverdlovsk, now Ekaterinburg, in Russia in the mid-1930s. Vakhreva wed the son of China’s Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in 1935 before moving with him to China and later Taiwan. Photo: Handout
Faina Vakhreva and Chiang Ching-kuo swimming in a river near Sverdlovsk, now Ekaterinburg, in Russia in the mid-1930s. Vakhreva wed the son of China’s Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in 1935 before moving with him to China and later Taiwan. Photo: Handout
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