What do Dostoyevsky and Sam from Zambia have in common?

What do Dostoyevsky and Sam from Zambia have in common? On December 23, 1849, Fyodor Dostoevsky, who went on to become Russia’s greatest novelist, and several other members of the so-called Petrachevsky Circle were taken out into the courtyard of the Semonyonov Prison in St. Petersburg.  The tsarist government had sentenced them to death.  Men were blindfolded and tied to posts.  The firing squad was locked and loaded when a cart with a reprieve from the Tsar himself commuted the sentence to exile and hard labor.