Katya Lycheva (Russian: 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.
Goodwill visit to the United States
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.
Lycheva appeared in five children's films produced in the Soviet Union.
Making Friends. Katya from Moscow and Star from San Francisco: Two Eleven-Year-Old Girls Discover America Together. New York, 1987. ISBN 0805006419