Snowdrop cold war. 35 years to visit Samantha Smith in the USSR

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“Sometimes I still worry with concern if the next day will not be the last day of Life on Earth. But I am sure: the more people will think about the fate of the world, the sooner the world will win on the planet. ”

These are words from a book that an American girl wrote many years ago.



It is unlikely that today's teenagers know something about Samantha Smith. And once she was the most famous child in the world. Without exaggeration.

35 years have passed since then, but that image has not yet been erased from the memory of the middle and older generation.

Soviet children could not even think about writing a letter to a Western political leader asking them to think about establishing friendly relations between the two states that were in a state of cold war.

More surprising for every young citizen of the USSR was that a ten-year-old girl from a small town in Maine wrote a letter to General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU, Yuri Andropov, and even more surprisingly, Yury Andropov gave her an answer, and young Samantha received an invitation from him to visit the Soviet Union.

The content of Samantha Smith’s letter was printed several times in Soviet newspapers. In her letter, she was worried that a nuclear war would not start between our countries, and asked the Soviet leadership to respond what it was going to do to prevent a war between the US and the USSR.

From where, then, was it known that this was far from her first letter to the political leaders of the world, that Samantha had previously written to leaders of other countries, including the royal persons. Therefore, then Soviet children (and not only children) were truly surprised by the act of a young American woman, reading literally to the holes “Pioneer Truth”, which kept a real “chronicle” of events connected with Samantha.

In the middle of the 1983 summer vacation of the year (July 7) Samantha Smith and her parents flew to Moscow, literally crowds of people met them at the airport. During the two weeks that the Smith family spent in the USSR, Samantha visited Moscow, Leningrad, and spent several days in the Artek Young Pioneer Camp.

Snowdrop cold war. 35 years to visit Samantha Smith in the USSR


During these few days, Samantha became a world celebrity and without exaggeration - a real heroine for Soviet boys and girls.

"Samantha Smith is a symbol of the friendship of all children in the world. She is a fighter for world peace." These are the slogans of the 1983 of the year.

She was imitated, she was loved, she had a great correspondence with children from all over the world, the main place in which was occupied by correspondence with children from the Soviet Union.

Samantha was simultaneously called the little ambassador of the world and an instrument of propaganda. Of course, it didn’t go without propaganda, but it turned out that Samantha played into the hands of both superpowers: she charmed the Soviet people with her American immediacy and showed the human face of the USSR to the Americans.

In the early eighties, the threat of global conflict was more real than ever. This is hard not to admit. The Soviet Union was accused of having aggressive plans to seize territories of other countries using military force. The following were used as typical arguments: Soviet Tanks standing near Berlin, in Warsaw, in Czechoslovakia, in the south of Europe, Moscow sent troops to Afghanistan.

In 1981, a convinced anti-communist Ronald Reagan, who threatens to send Marxism-Leninism to landfill, becomes President of the United States storiesand in the Soviet Union at about the same time, the former KGB head Yury Andropov came to power, who did not intend to make concessions in relations with the West.

The situation is heating up to the limit, both countries are intensifying the arms race. Two superpowers urgently need detente. And here, the letter of a young American woman is published very opportunely.

At that time, it seemed that Samantha’s trip was almost a joint Soviet-American operation bridges.

Samantha's parents also held the opinion that both states tried to use their daughter in psychological warfare, but their peoples only benefited from this. Thanks to Samantha’s trip, they showed for the first time on television in the United States how Soviet children play, and in the Soviet Union they saw that there are families tooliving daily chores.

But the sudden death of the most famous girl only confirmed the conspiracy theory.

25 August 1985, Samantha and her father return from the UK, while landing at Augusta airport the plane crashes. In the accident accident crash units.

Later in the USSR there will be a version in the journalistic environment that the reason is the pro-Soviet statements of Samantha, which went against US policy.

After returning home, Samantha often gave interviews, expressed her opinion that the Soviet people should not be afraid, that the same children live in the USSR, they also want to be friends. The girl grew, got wiser. She became too independent in her judgments. The image of the enemy, created in America about the Soviet Union, was partially destroyed thanks largely to the very trip of Samantha to Russia.

According to another version, in the death of Samantha they saw a “trace of the KGB and the CIA” - allegedly the special services wanted to complete the operation in this way. A few months before the tragedy, Mikhail Gorbachev, who set himself up as a politician who was too open to a peaceful dialogue with the United States, became the new leader of the Soviet Union, and the two countries found themselves no longer needed mediators.

There is no evidence of these versions, of course, but it was too difficult for people on both sides of the ocean to believe that the life of an 13-year-old girl could be interrupted so early and so tragically - without any intricate intrigues.

After the death of Samantha in the Soviet Union, they tried to make sure that the memory of her and her noble mission was not erased by the goodwill ambassador.

In the pioneer camp "Sea" was opened the avenue named after Samantha Smith and a memorial stele. Her name is an asteroid discovered by the Crimean astronomer L. Cherny, and her name is also assigned to the mountain peak in the Caucasus, a seagoing ship, and a Yakut diamond. The streets named after Samantha Smith are in settlements of Buryatia and the Bryansk region.

Today, when military conflicts do not stop on our planet, and again they speak about the danger of a big war, it is possible that the immediate Children diplomacy, which without a propaganda attack could say to modern politicians: “The world is the main thing that we have, take care of it”.
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  1. +25
    7 July 2018 06: 36
    Too bad .. there was a bright man ...
    1. +2
      7 July 2018 06: 48
      Quote: Vard
      the vet was a man.

      what is light? What did the CPSU pay for its throwing? Ted Turner still remember. The SS SS collapsed and numerous communist parties of the USA, France, Great Britain, etc. immediately stopped the money contained on the Soviets. And Samantha is the same button accordion ... a dummy, but the people were curling, he believed
      1. +33
        7 July 2018 06: 55
        C'mon, you..KPSS paid ... The party paid a lot of things, but it's just a child. It is a pity that she passed away very early ..
        Quote: Thunderbolt
        Quote: Vard
        the vet was a man.

        what is light? What did the CPSU pay for its throwing? Ted Turner still remember. The SS SS collapsed and numerous communist parties of the USA, France, Great Britain, etc. immediately stopped the money contained on the Soviets. And Samantha is the same button accordion ... a dummy, but the people were curling, he believed
        1. +11
          7 July 2018 07: 07
          They also slipped a certain thug Katya Lycheva, who then fled to Paris, a little Judas. wassat If Samantha is a snowdrop, then Katya is a grebe. wassat
          1. +1
            7 July 2018 12: 01
            Quote: hrych
            slipped a certain thug Katya Lycheva, who then fled to Paris, a little Judas. If Samantha is a snowdrop, then Katya is a grebe

            Well, actually I didn’t run away, but I left with my mother. In 2000, she returned to Russia and worked at AvtoVAZ.
        2. +1
          7 July 2018 12: 46
          Quote: 210ox
          C'mon, you..KPSS paid ... The party paid a lot of things, but it's just a child.

          And here is the baby - a foal? Yes, I paid !!! Then the experts sat there no worse than now at Mr. E. Malakhov. I truly believed in Samantha, read about it in the Pioneer magazine (the editor-in-chief was the son of the legendary Arkady Gaidar himself!), Then political information I read about it in German, because special school. Cute girl, what you need for a teenager .... almost Samantha Fox))).
          And the fact that the USSR paid for the Communist Parties and simply leftist movements of Western countries, up to the Terr ..... is this a discovery for you ....?)))) Do not be such a hypocrite, sponsored, introduced, organized .... from Hanoi to Managua was clicked by the SOVIET gates and in all Ontari cells were sitting (to collect information and so on ... just in case). Samantha is the development of our propagandists, a competent and correct move in a tough information war. The USA did not remain in debt and plucked stories about our dissidents. So).
      2. +17
        7 July 2018 09: 05
        You know, I don’t understand why such stars have stuck to you? But your statement says something else .................. You don’t need to blacken out honey either, right? Once again I wrote and I say that not everything was so bad in the USSR, but reforms were needed. Well, the policy of a great country is not for you to judge. Millions of people were happy, and now what? Where is the ideology of the state, what do we have? Nothing that a schoolboy justifies the atrocities of the Nazis? Who paid for it? Have not you thought? fool
      3. +3
        7 July 2018 13: 13
        Quote: Thunderbolt

        what is light? What did the CPSU pay for its throwing? Ted Turner still remember. The SS SS collapsed and numerous communist parties of the USA, France, Great Britain, etc. immediately stopped the money contained on the Soviets. And Samantha is the same button accordion ... a dummy, but the people were curling, he believed
        We still forgot to mention Dean Reed! Who really "paid" for the very tops of the ears! By the way, the first "hook"! wink

        But I like Dean's other song more ...
    2. MPN
      +3
      7 July 2018 11: 41
      25 August 1985, Samantha and her father return from the UK, while landing at Augusta airport the plane crashes. In the accident accident crash units.
      Here, the USA themselves conspired, perhaps even with a view to making others disagreeable.
      The flight took place in the dark, in difficult weather conditions. When landing at the Auburn-Lewiston airport area, the plane collided with trees, crashed to the ground and burned 1 km from the end of the runway. Both pilots and six passengers were killed, including 13-year-old Samantha Smith - the "goodwill ambassador" who became famous during her visit to the Soviet Union in 1983 - and her father Arthur Smith, who returned home after filming Samantha in the television series Lime Street in London.

      On September 30, 1986, the National Transportation Safety Council (USA) published a disaster investigation report. The probable cause of the emergency was the actions of the pilot, who, while piloting the aircraft on instruments, lowered the car below the landing glide path and did not go into the second circle, which led to a collision with the obstacle. The factor that exacerbated the situation was the failure of the ground-based radar.
      It seems that way, the pilot should not have dropped below a safe altitude and go to the second round. (same mistake as with TU-154 of Poland), but why then added " The factor that aggravated the situation was the failure of the ground-based radar.", this is exactly what makes the idea of ​​sabotage, but here it’s entirely the pilot’s fault ... alas .. sad
      1. +1
        7 July 2018 14: 05
        Quote: sabakina
        Dean Reed!

        __LOL, it’s great that they remembered, I always listened to his works with pleasure, but you yourself know that you had to sweat a little to enjoy his super-cool COUNTRY. A good man was yes, fate was cool for him too, otherwise you want ... the show business.
  2. +2
    7 July 2018 06: 43
    I perfectly remember the motive about Samantha, her blue tie and sympathy for the USSR, but this
    fsyo was fake news as they say now. Pioneer leaders and memorizers quickly turned into prostitutes and wives of killers = brother, mafiosi. Now they crawled away and again offered to clap Samantha or hoot the USA? Yes, they all went
    , these Matvienko foot spills. Do not distract the proletariat from its struggle for their rights with all sorts of overseas profursetki with a beautiful history like that of Malakhov)))
    1. +8
      7 July 2018 09: 09
      And what did you do after the collapse of the USSR? Were they so infallible that they had the right to water everyone with slops?
      1. +3
        7 July 2018 13: 35
        I’m even embarrassed to write what Thunderbolt did after the collapse of the USSR!
        I remember how Samantha came to Moscow. Unlike Matius Rus, she did everything according to the law. Sorry for the girl, she was very smart. If not for her death, she could have become the president of the United States. Maybe that's why she died? ......

      2. +1
        7 July 2018 14: 45
        [/ quote] [quote = Servisinzhener] And what did you do after the collapse of the USSR? Were they so infallible that they had the right to water everyone with slops?

        I studied, classmates went into the army, my weapons weren’t supposed to enter Chechnya, but I trained as MANPADS shooters --- and there’s a bummer .... the tankmen left the garrison with regiments, and my Cold War brigade was sharpened to combat missiles and aircraft they didn’t consider it, because (and now it is) the Moscow District of missile defense is the same egg where the syringe of the addict Koshchei (well .. and then you know, I’m not happy about such a disposition)
        But I’m not going to sing Samnte's Avurs. I explain: when I was a Leninist pioneer, she was my idol. I’m a little familiar with the methods of work of the US Army information battalions, the information technology company of Germany and Samantha .... interview. And a little secret, you forced me to, but I'm talkative ---- my cousin MGIMO graduated and was engaged in these same informatics. I told all chemistry, so I’m a little cynical about ideology, but not pleading with the work of the international departments of the KGB. Excuse me that destroyed your myth, but the Union is like that ... Do you think we’re just messing around with Rambo? Here’s a relative and said that they ate such ideological sabotage ---- their submariners watched Sadko. So, a report went to Moscow that unjustified anxiety increased among the wives of the crew, right up to hysteria and among the crews of the boats the decadent moods from the organized sabotage in the form of rental in the Am.Lodok base of the Soviet film "Sadko." in the door Zhina --- an information weapon, it is menacing with its surprise and lightning of execution. These psychologists work.
  3. +10
    7 July 2018 06: 55
    They drove her to the Durov Theater. And from the pioneer camp our detachment was brought to a meeting. Time flies fast.
  4. +17
    7 July 2018 07: 21
    And yet, no matter how much the USSR was blamed, and we were the stronghold of Peace and stability on the planet .. Yes, the Army was powerful, without it there was nothing .. Good should be with fists !!!! What is happening in the world, even in a nightmare, could not have been dreamed of as “born in the USSR” .. Samantha, of course, promoted by our media at that time, we really wanted Peace .. "PEACE, WORK, MAY!" these slogans were everywhere in the USSR and the song "Do They Want Russian Wars .." Remember, trembling is already going on in the body ..

    And we are again driven into Russia by the very same "comrades" .. For them, "War, mother is native .."
  5. +17
    7 July 2018 07: 50
    Our class was named after Samantha Smith, her smile was endearing ..
    Now it’s hard for many to imagine, the world has become too cynical, but then we were simply delighted with it.
    1. 0
      7 July 2018 08: 32
      Cool girl.
      1. 0
        7 July 2018 13: 39
        Quote: Wendigo
        Cool girl.

        Very smart girl! Because ..... And this is not Mathias Rust, who .......
        1. 0
          7 July 2018 18: 19
          Quote: sabakina
          Because .....

          What is the reason? You even manage to smuggle your conspiracy into such topics ...
  6. +16
    7 July 2018 08: 03
    Come on, all of you! Girl! I wanted to live in a normal world, made an attempt!
    Thank you!
  7. +6
    7 July 2018 08: 30
    Come on without noise, dust and burning! Just remember Samantha! Her bright smile, her joy in communicating with children from the previously closed USSR! Because children, they are children under any "modes", just Children! Your interests, your "jokes"!
  8. +12
    7 July 2018 08: 47
    Let us remember Samantha with a kind word. Bright girl. Once I was in love with her.
  9. +7
    7 July 2018 08: 48
    We remember these times well. My son was in a pioneer camp in Crimea this year. Then many defense industry enterprises had their bases, pioneer camps there. This camp belonged to one enterprise where there was a General Director V. Kuryshev. The guys worked (collected rose petals), went in for sports, went on excursions, swam. They came funny and tanned. I think everything will be reborn
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  10. +4
    7 July 2018 09: 47
    It is necessary to put a monument to her in the Crimea
  11. 0
    7 July 2018 14: 51
    literally broke up with her in time and space in Artek for a couple of weeks. everyone lived with impressions of her visit, Although in those years a boy from the closed city of Minsredmash got into an international shift .... it was easier to get to Mars ,,, sorry for the girl ... my age, right now 47 could have been ,,, wrote that the CIA got that plane crash in 1986, they could have known too much about Samy. She had a bright memory. Thank you for reminding me!
  12. 0
    7 July 2018 14: 59
    Who cares, look, Julia Drunina In Memory of Samantha Smith, I still keep articles about her from newspapers and a postage stamp
  13. 0
    7 July 2018 15: 31
    my brother, (I don’t remember a year) also studied in the Samantha Smith class ...
  14. +5
    7 July 2018 16: 06
    I fully agree with one of the conclusions of this publication: After the death of Samantha in the Soviet Union, they tried to make sure that the memory of her and her noble mission was not erased by the goodwill ambassador.
    1. +1
      8 July 2018 12: 01
      Only for their own, as always - nothing. I also remember this, I experienced it myself.
  15. 0
    8 July 2018 10: 57
    The girl is sorry, was a toy in the political games of adults. And in whom this "dove of peace" would have grown is unknown. Especially when the cash flow of aid to fraternal parties stopped. It was disgusting how our swans were before her, the eternal worship of foreigners. And then they tried: both the street to you, and the diamond ... And to those who returned "from the river" after fulfilling their international duty - a bashful silence.

    "35 years have passed since then, but it’s still from my memory ..." Leave her alone, don’t look for a news feed for the news. People have long had other concerns and other idols.
  16. -1
    16 July 2018 04: 16
    I hate targeted advertising, which carefully reminds you how old you really are ...
  17. -1
    16 July 2018 04: 41
    I will never buy products advertised in this way ...

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