Letter from Yuri Andropov to Samantha Smith, 1983Item 25181 info
Maine State Museum
Through a reporter, Samantha heard that a portion of her letter had been printed in the Soviet newspaper Pravda. Andropov suggested she did not understand the situation since she was only 10.
She then wrote to Anatoly Dobrynin, Soviet ambassador to the U.S., to ask if she was going to get a reply from Andropov.
When Andropov did reply in April 1983, he assured her that he and the Soviet people wanted peace.
He also invited her to visit the Soviet Union and see for herself.