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The tragic fate of Soviet prodigies

Especially gifted children always attract attention. If a child has amazing abilities, parents want everyone around him to know about him. Today I try to develop kids from an early age. In the days of the USSR, there were not so many “developmental girls” (this is how mothers call various circles, sections, individual lessons). But the children were prodigies.

Unfortunately, for some mystical reason, the fate of many Soviet prodigies turned out to be very tragic. Read in the material about the most famous children of the Soviet Union.

Nadya Rusheva, who created stunning illustrations for The Master and Margarita

Once my father read Nadya “The Tale of Tsar Saltan”, and during this time she made 36 illustrations for the work. / Photo: densegodnya.ru

The girl Naidan was born in 1952, in Mongolia, in Ulan Bator. Her parents were creative people: her mother was a ballerina, her father was an artist. After the birth of their daughter, the family moved to Moscow. Little Nadya (as the girl was called for short) from childhood watched her father work. When she was five years old, she began to paint. It’s so great that the adults were amazed. After all, no one taught her graphics. But Nadia did it masterly.

When she entered the fifth grade, in 1964, the first exhibition of a young artist, organized by the magazine “Yunost”, was held. Her performance was amazing. For example, Rusheva has made more than 200 illustrations for the novel The Master and Margarita. Nadya created magnificent drawings dedicated to the life and work of Pushkin, whom she called her favorite poet. Her “Pushkiniana” was known throughout the Soviet Union.

When the Pushkin Museum hosted an exhibition of graphics by the seventeen-year-old Rusheva, people stood in line for hours to get inside and see the delightful drawings and illustrations created by Nadya. Unfortunately, the brilliant artist died at the age of 17. This happened in 1969: the girl was about to leave the house, bent over to tie her shoelaces, and a vessel burst due to a congenital brain aneurysm. Older people remember Rusheva very well. And in 1982, a minor planet was named in her honor.

Sasha Putrya, who lived only 11 years, but painted more than 2 thousand paintings

At the age of three, Sasha Putrya was already a real artist. / Photo: pp.userapi.com

Little Sasha Putrya was also an artist. She was born in Poltava and from the age of three she began to paint amazing pictures. Amazingly, Sasha took the plots for her works out of her head. She painted animals, parents, familiar relatives. The girl adored India and painted pictures on the theme of oriental dances, portrayed God Shiva.

Unfortunately, when Sasha was five years old, she was diagnosed with acute leukemia. She spent a lot of time in hospitals, where doctors fought for her life. The baby suffered from severe pain, but despite this she worked ten hours a day, creating unique and very talented paintings. During her short life, Sasha Putrya managed to write more than two thousand works. When the little artist went to heaven, the whole world learned about her. In many countries, her personal exhibitions were held, and there were more than a hundred of them.

Nika Turbina, who at the age of 12 received the prestigious Venetian Golden Lion Award

Nika received the Golden Lion award when she was 12 years old. / Photo: s.3654.ru

Nika Turbina, born in 1974 in Yalta, was famous not only in the Soviet Union, but also abroad. From the age of four, the girl dictated poems to her parents, which, according to her, came to her head from heaven. When the little poetess was nine years old, the first collection of her poems was published. And when Nike was twelve, she received the Venice Golden Lion Award. It was simply incredible: such a prestigious award was presented to only one person from the Soviet poets – Anna Akhmatova, who at that time was already over sixty.

Yes, little and incredibly talented Nick was talked about all over the world. Her poems could be heard on the radio, they were translated into other languages, programs were filmed about her. Nika’s patron was the famous Yevgeny Yevtushenko. But this did not always go on. The girl grew, and along with her growing up, interest in the prodigy from the Soviet Union decreased.

Nika, accustomed to admiration and fame from childhood, began to lose heart. She had nervous breakdowns. Later, the girl became attracted to drugs and alcohol. According to friends, Nika, while still in school, in high school, was carried away by the “bohemian” way of life: she drank a lot, played novels, left home and did strange things. Turbina tried several times to commit suicide. And at the age of 27 she succeeded — she fell from the balcony and crashed to her death. Although, according to the testimony of witnesses, Nika’s death cannot be considered a suicide. Most likely it was an accident.

Addendum: According to some reports, Nika was not the author of the poems. You can read more about this in the book by Alexander Ratner – “Secrets of the Life of Nika Turbina”. We do not undertake to judge how everything was in reality, draw your own conclusions.

Pasha Konoplev, known in the USSR and abroad for his mathematical abilities and who ended his life in a psychiatric hospital

By the age of eight, Pasha was well versed in physics. / Photo: cdn.trinixy.ru

Another child with incredible abilities is Pasha Konoplev. In the eighties of the 20th century, he was known all over the world. They talked about him, both in the Soviet and in foreign mass media. From the age of three, the boy cracked the most difficult mathematical problems like nuts.

When he was five years old, he wanted to learn how to play the piano, and was able to fulfill his dream without the help of adults. By the age of eight, Pavel already knew physics very well, and at fifteen he entered the university. When Konoplev was eighteen years old, he became a graduate student. Pasha really liked to study, he said that he was experiencing real delight.

Parents rejoiced at the success of their son, for whom they predicted a great future. However, the subtle psyche of the genius, probably, could not withstand the constant stress. Problems began: outbursts of aggression, constant nervous breakdowns, and even suicide attempts appeared. Konoplyov was placed in a psychiatric clinic, where they tried to save him with the help of powerful drugs. Pasha Konoplev ended his life in a psychiatric hospital at the age of 29. The cause of death was a pulmonary thrombus.



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