Katya Lycheva – Dove of Peace
Katya Lycheva was a Soviet schoolgirl, Goodwill Ambassador, who visited the U.S. in 1986 with a “peace mission”. She was the most famous girl in the USSR. Lycheva remains one of the symbols of the sunset of the Soviet era.
It all started with a Samantha Smith’s
letter. In 1983, the naive American girl wrote: “Dear Mr. Andropov
, my name is Samantha Smith, I’m 10 years old, and I congratulate you on your new appointment. I am very worried about a war between the Soviet Union and the United States. Do you support the war or not? God created the Earth, so that we can live in peace…”
Samantha was invited to the Soviet Union. Everybody in the USSR knew the girl. Two years later, she died in a plane crash.
Ekaterina Lycheva was born on June 10, 1974 in Moscow into the family of scientists. Katya was a very active child. She spoke English, played tennis and chess.
After the death of Samantha Smith in 1985, who visited the USSR in 1983, the organization Children as the Peacemakers proposed to organize a return visit to the United States. Katya Lycheva was selected from thousands of candidates. From March 21 to April 4, 1986 she along with the American schoolgirl from San Francisco Star Rowe toured the United States promoting peace. They visited several cities in the United States and met with President Ronald Reagan.