Elina Bystritskaya

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Elina Bystritskaya
Elina Bystritskaya 1964.jpg
Bystritskaya in 1964
Native name
Элина Быстрицкая
Elina Avraamovna Bystritskaya
(Элина Авраамовна Быстрицкая)

(1928-04-04)4 April 1928
Died26 April 2019(2019-04-26) (aged 91)
Resting placeNovodevichy Cemetery
EducationKiev National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University
Years active1950–2012

Elina Avraamovna Bystritskaya (4 April 1928 — 26 April 2019) was a Soviet-Russian actress. She is regarded as one of the most prominent actresses in the Soviet and Russian film industry.

Bystritskaya is best known for her roles in the films Unfinished Story (1955) and And Quiet Flows the Don (1958) during a career spanning over six decades.


Jewish by ethnicity and a native of Kiev, Bystritskaya was chosen to play Aksinya by Sholokhov himself over several distinguished candidates, notably Nonna Mordyukova. Before that, she co-starred with Sergey Bondarchuk in Fridrikh Ermler´s Unfinished Story, an archetypal Socialist Realist film. In the 1960s, Bystritskaya turned to theatre work in the Maly Theatre and her appearances on screen grew sporadic. She was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1978.[1]

She was President of the USSR and Russian rhythmic gymnastics Federation from 1975 to 1992.[2][3]

On 20 February 2014 Bystritskaya together with a group of other Ukrainians in Russia appealed to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to end the Euromaidan and arrest its participants, whom they accused of being anti-Russian and followers of Stepan Bandera.[4]

On 11 March 2014, in a similar appeal, she expressed support for the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea.[5]

Elina Bystritskaya receives the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" I degree from Vladimir Putin in 2008

She died on 26 April 2019 after a long illness.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Правительство РФ вручило награды лауреатам премии в области культуры за 2006 год // Channel One Russia
  2. ^ Как актриса сделала художественную гимнастику олимпийским видом спорта // Argumenty i fakty
  3. ^ Элина Быстрицкая: «Выше достоинства для меня привилегий нет» // izbrannoe.com
  4. ^ Відкритий лист до Президента України
  5. ^ Главком‹See Tfd›(in Russian)
  6. ^ "Prominent Russian Actress Elina Bystritskaya Is Dead At 91". Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. ^ Умерла актриса Элина Быстрицкая. Voice of America (in Russian). Retrieved 26 April 2019.

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