October 21, 2020 marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of Ekaterina Karavelova, wife of Prime Minister and leader of the Democratic Party Petko Karavelov.

As a close associate and like-minded person of her husband, she is considered one of the most influential women in the Kingdom of Bulgaria. However, not much is known about her active and long-standing activity as a public figure. In the funds of the National History Museum, a number of valuable documents are kept, which shed light on its role in the public life of the country.

Ekaterina Velikova Peneva was born on October 21, 1860 in Ruse. When she was only ten years old, she became an orphan and left for Russia, where, after Odessa and Kyiv, she ended up in Moscow in the aristocratic family of Vsevolod Nikolaevich Lermontov. He received an excellent education at the renowned IV Moscow High School, graduating with honors.

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