My views are actually from a distinctly Western
point of view.
By these standards, the passing of Maximova shocked a lot of older Western ballet fans because she was so very well-known from her appearances with the Bolshoi troupe in the West from the late 1950's to early 1980's.
I've always thought that the Kirov troupe not performing in the West for many years deprived Westerners of seeing several generations of great dancers. Given that the Bolshoi was the Soviet Union's "showcase" for ballet, small wonder why Kurgapkina's name isn't so well-known to Westerners except to really serious balletomanes. But we are fortunate that Kurgapkina's very long and distinguished coaching career has influenced several generations of Mariinsky Theatre dancers, with a long list of famous dancers from the 1960's all the way to now.
I had a chance to see a home recording of the recent Kurpagkina 80th birthday gala at MT and her enthusiasm was so evident even at such an advanced age. Her untimely loss is truly a blow to the Mariinsky Theatre.