People: Mar. 31, 1986

Greeted with flowers at Chicago's O'Hare airport, Katerina ("Katya") Lycheva, 11, smiled and said in her careful English, "I am very glad to see you, and I think we will be friends." For the next two weeks, Katya's mission is to meet American children "and tell them as much as I can about the Soviet Union." Sponsored by the San Francisco-based Children of the Peacemakers, her visit was inspired by a similar 1983 trip to the U.S.S.R. by Maine Schoolgirl Samantha Smith, who died last summer in a plane crash and has become a hero in the Soviet Union. Katya, who...

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