1972 – 1985
April 25, 1983: Samantha Smith invited to visit USSR. The 9-year-old girl was worried about a war, so she wrote directly to Yuri Andropov to ask him about his intentions. In return, she received a letter emphasizing the USSR's desire for peace, and an invitation to visit the country. She spent 2 weeks there with her parents, and wrote a book about her experiences when she returned home.
Smith attracted extensive media attention in both countries as a “Goodwill Ambassador”, and became known as “America’s Youngest Ambassador”.
She wrote a book and co-starred in a television series, before her death, She died at the age of 13 in the Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 plane crash.
Image: 1985 USSR Stamp with “Samantha Smith” in Cyrillic.
Soviet Union's School girls