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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO . . .:The Whiz Kids?




Remember the Knyazev sisters, Angela and Diana, who graduated from secondary school at the ages of 11 and 10 in June 1997 and a month later enrolled in the Russian government's Finance Academy? The Moscow Times wrote about the child prodigies in July 1998, when they successfully completed their first year at the academy.


Now the two sisters, who were named the youngest secondary school graduates and the youngest students in Russia by The Book of Russia's Records, are likely to become the youngest college graduates as well, at least in this country.


Next June, Angela and Diana, now 14 and 12, will receive their diplomas as "specialists" - roughly equivalent to a Master of Science degree. This will conclude three years of study at the Academy's Institute of International Economic Relations - the time that it has taken the girls to complete a five-year course.


The sisters, who have especially enjoyed studying business law and languages - English, German, French and Spanish - are still "normal children," according to their mother Yulia Knyazeva, a computer consultant, who together with her husband Yevgeny Bykov, a scientist, developed their special methods of raising brilliant children.


After graduation the girls dream of continuing their education abroad and are looking for financial resources to support their studies.


- Larisa Naumenko


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