Katya Lycheva

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Katya Lycheva (English: Катя Лычёва, born June 10, 1974) served as a Soviet child-ambassador to the United States in 1986. She also acted in a number of Soviet films for children.

Soviet schoolgirl Katya Lycheva in the classroom

Goodwill visit to the United States[edit]

Lycheva's visit to the United States was a Soviet response to a highly publicised visit to the Soviet Union by 11-year-old Maine resident Samantha Smith in 1983. Together with Star Rowe, an 11-year-old American girl, Lycheva visited cities across the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.. Lycheva met the mayors of the cities she visited and met with President Ronald Reagan in Washington. A book was published about her travels.

Two years after her visit, she moved with her mother to Paris, and returned to Russia in 2000. Lycheva has since then lived a reclusive life, creating speculation as to her whereabouts.[1][2] The Russian television program Priyamoj Efir attempted unsuccessfully to locate her in September 2016.[3]

Film career[edit]

Lycheva appeared in five children's films produced in the Soviet Union.


  1. ^ правды», Анна ВЕЛИГЖАНИНА | Сайт «Комсомольской (2016-07-27). "«Посол мира» Катя Лычева родила дочь и стала затворницей". KP.RU - сайт «Комсомольской правды» (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  2. ^ "Самая известная школьница СССР: как сложилась судьба советского «голубя мира» Кати Лычевой". Культурология. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  3. ^ "Прямой эфир 09.09.2016 — Мы так хотели быть похожими на них: таинственное исчезновение Кати Лычёвой | Прямой эфир с Андреем Малаховым". pryamoj-efir.ru. Retrieved 2018-09-25.

Further reading[edit]

  • Making Friends. Katya from Moscow and Star from San Francisco: Two Eleven-Year-Old Girls Discover America Together. New York, 1987. ISBN 0-8050-0641-9

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