Elina Bystritskaya, Russian actress, Died at 91

Elina Avraamovna Bystritskaya was born on April 4, 1928, and died on April 26, 2019, in Kiev, Soviet Union.

She was a Soviet and Russian actress best known for her role of Axinia in Sergei Gerasimov’s epic screening of Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel, And Quiet Flows the Don in 1958.

Elina is Jewish by ethnicity and a native of Kiev; she was chosen to play Axinia by, Sholokhov himself over several distinguished candidates, notably Nonna Mordyukova.

Before that, Elina co-starred with Sergey Bondarchuk in Fridrikh Ermler´s Unfinished Story, an archetypal Socialist Realist film.

In the 1960s, Elina turned to theatre work in the Maly Theatre, and her appearances on screen grew sporadic. Elina was named People’s Artist of the USSR in 1978.

February 20, 2014, Elina collectively with a group of other Ukrainians in Russia appealed to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to end the Euromaidan and arrest its participants whom they accused of being anti-Russian and followers of Stepan Bandera.

On March 11, 2014, in a related appeal, she displayed support for the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea.

Elina Avraamovna Bystritskaya passed away at the 91.