At the time, Space Race stories were often greeted with suspicion and rumors because of the Cold War paranoia. The Soviets wanted to keep its space program a secret. Therefore, it’s likely that this story would have happened and been suppressed.
Throughout the years, conspiracy theories evolved about the Soviet space program. Some people believe that the Soviets sent people to space who never returned. It’s a frightening idea, but does it hold firm? Could men have died before Gagarin achieved his goals?