Russian Family Lives Alone in Siberia for 40 Years

This is where the family lives, in the middle of nowhere.
This is where the family lives, in the middle of nowhere.

This may be the strangest (and creepiest, and saddest) story I’ve read in a long time. Basically, the Lykovs, a family of Old Believers (a Russian Orthodox sect persecuted under both the tsarist regime and the Soviet regime) retreated into the wilderness during the purges of the 1930s – and stayed there, alone, for over forty years. Soviet geologists discovered them in 1978 and – this is the sad part – only one of them, a woman named Agafia Lykova, is still alive, and she still lives out there in the wilderness.

If that’s not depressing, I don’t know what is.

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2 thoughts on “Russian Family Lives Alone in Siberia for 40 Years

  1. There was a similar story concerning Japanese soldier who stayed in the Sout Asian jungle for 30 years with small group of comrades waiting for Japanese forces. After all his friends died he remain alone and fight WW2 till 60/70.

    Finally someone found him and explained to old man that war is over and it is time to home.

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