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Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Full Length)

Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Full Length)


[MUSIC PLAYING] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Agafia Lykov is one
of Russia’s Old Believers, an ultra-orthodox sect of
Christianity that still exists in small communities around
the world today. Fearing oppression and death
at the hands of Stalin, Agafia’s father Karp fled with
his family into the Sayan Mountains of Siberia in 1936. Agafia was born into this harsh
wilderness in 1944. The Lykov family lived
undisturbed for 40 years, building a life in an
environment where the winter temperatures commonly dipped
to minus 30, the summer growing season is short,
and bears and wolves roam in abundance. However, food was
always scarce. And in 1961, Agafia’s mother
Akulina starved herself to death so that her children would
have enough food to eat. The area they settled in is
currently over 160 miles from the nearest town. In summer, it’s possible to
reach the Lykov’s cabin by a seven-day canoe trip. In winter, while we had heard
rumors of a treacherous snowmobile route, it is
virtually inaccessible by anything other than
helicopter. In 1978, a team of Russian
geologists spotted the Lykov’s hillside farm from
their helicopter. They later hiked in
to meet them. It was the first contact with
outsiders that the Lykovs had in over 40 years, and
it marked the end of their isolation. Since that initial visit, the
Lykovs have become famous in Russia as the family of Siberian
hermits who didn’t know that World War
II took place. They also suffered unspeakable
tragedy when the three elder children all died within weeks
of each other, presumably from pneumonia contracted from a
visit by the geologists. Agafia’s father Karp later died
in 1988, 27 years to the day after his wife
passed away. Despite sporadic visitors over
the years, Agafia lived alone until 1997, when one of the
geologists, a man named Yerofei Sedov, moved to a cabin
down the hill from her. So now, 35 years after their
first contact, Agafia is the only Lykov left, living the same
way she has since she was born and the only way she knows
how, off the land, in one of the most inhospitable
environments on Earth. Our journey to meet Agafia began
with a 10-hour red-eye flight from New York
to Moscow. Arriving in the morning, we met
up with Gleb Lisichkin, the editor of Vice Russia, who
would act as our host and translator. We then hopped on another flight
to the city of Abakan, which is right in the middle of
the country, just north of the Mongolian border. Abakan is the capital the
Khakassia region, and with 165,000 residents is modern,
but by no means a teeming metropolis. We then met Igor, an employee
of the Parks Department, who would be accompanying
us to see Agafia. JOHN MARTIN: We used this time
to check out the town. Whew. Ouch. The call finally came, so we
jumped in a van and drove several hours south to
the Shushenskoye. JOHN MARTIN: However, by the
time we arrived some severe weather came and grounded our
helicopter for another night. The unexpected delay gave us
time to buy some things that were on Agafia’s wish list,
namely a goat and rooster. On the third morning, the
weather had slightly cleared, and we were able to board
the helicopter. Despite some technical
difficulties, which made us second guess our choice of
aircraft, by that afternoon we were finally in the air on the
final leg of our journey. As civilization dropped away and
the taiga grew, we made an unexpected stop in a
snow-covered field to pick up Sergei, a Parks Department
official who spends most of his time living in the mountains
and has grown to know Agafia over his
years there. Siberia is a region in the
middle of Russia, covering about 5 million square miles, an
area nearly one and a half times larger than the
United States. The area is sparsely populated,
with few major cities like Abakan, and is
mostly comprised of large swaths of untouched land called
taiga, a subarctic forest known for extreme
cold and massive amounts of wildlife. It was into this taiga that
Agafia’s father led his family in 1937. We landed on the frozen river,
unloaded our gear and gift animals, and went to meet
Agafia and Yerofei. -[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: The helicopter left
and would only return in several days time if the
weather was good. Hiking out wouldn’t
be an option. AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Despite
being 70 years old, Agafia is energetic. She gardens, fishes, forages,
cuts and stacks firewood all by herself. But it does take a lot to keep
up with her daily chores. So she put Gleb to work. SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Agafia has
lived her entire life in the remote taiga. Aside from a handful of times
going into the city, she’s never left. She has survived, alone and off
the land, with untarnished optimism and even taking care
of another person in this harshest of environments. Despite the sporadic intrusion
of the outside world in the form of visitors, government,
media, and falling rocket debris, Agafia’s daily life
remains mostly unchanged. Her continued existence proves
that it’s possible for humans to live alone in environments
as difficult as this. There were once many Old
Believers living in the Siberian wilderness. And as we flew over the vast,
empty taiga, it was not hard to imagine that somewhere there
may well be more people like Agafia. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 comments on “Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Full Length)

  1. Scary thing is that she's absolutely right about the mark of the beast and communism and all of that. She KNOWS.

  2. Basically, a centuries old language still lives in this woman. I know Russian, but at times don't understand a word she says. And she does not have a single gray hair! Makes you think perhaps our health was much better had we adopted a different kind of life.

  3. that is her path ,and the outside world can't change her , but it can give her the help of some man to do chores

  4. PLEASE TAKE HER ALL MANNER OF FOODS THAT WILL HELP MAKE HER LIFE EASIER……AND NEW TOOLS, SHARP SAWS AND HEAVY NEW WOOL COATS

  5. RT Documentary also made a documentary about her but they basically caused drama for no reason between the two and they interfered too much.

  6. I love this! Sooo many people SAY… u cannot survive alone, they all need to see this, she has proven them all wrong, and she still survives alone at 70 years old. She’s an inspiration!

  7. Thats creepy that russian geologist prolly fell in love with her wen he seen her and his ass moved in the woods next to her… but he got FRIEND ZONED!!!why he holds a grudge.

  8. Excuse me, but, a family in isolation for 40 years? You cannot tell me incest was not involved 🍆💦💨🤔

  9. 21:40 I don't know what is scarier…living almost totally alone in borderline isolation in the vastness of the taiga or getting sick from drinking water in a "civilised" town after having only had river water for your entire life.

    It makes me wonder just how much shit (figuratively and literally speaking) is in our water when someone gets sick like that for drinking it.

  10. "I'd rather go away and die of hunger than live with you" if i had a dollar for everytime i heard that one (;

  11. Tem gente pra tudo nesse mundo . Viver na solidão no frio e na pobreza . Eu desejo q ela tenha muita saúde e seja feliz . Porque não é fácil não .

  12. I poisoned my children with Tylenol and Motrin when they had fevers and all I needed was a freaking cabbage leaf!!!???? What about Eye of Newt???

  13. What a facinating story. VICE do a video on uncontacted Indian tribes. We thousands of them. The one you may have heard of, the Sentinelese tribe which were recently in the media.

  14. I feel so sad for the dog. She is the one who should be enjoying the wilderness. And the cat got sick because of this woman's lack of knowledge. Terrible fascist, didn't have enough with humans, now just exploits animals. To hell with fascists like this.

  15. she's stupid and cruel: she never questioned what she was told and believes it despiteJesus being a fabrication and she's abusing that dog leaving it chained up in the cold

  16. Американец молодец, приехал в самый мороз, ещё и деревья пилит с Агафьей – экстремал)

  17. I can't help but laugh at the guy in red plaid. Dude's in a forest and he's trying to use a Swede Saw as a walking stick.

  18. Es verdad, inspira sencillez, amor y temor de Dios. cuantas ganas de conocer a ella y el lugar en donde vive aunque parece tan inhóspito pero hermoso 😏🙏🙏😍

  19. Ojala a Agafia la puedan ayudar ya ha sufrido tanto al perder su flia y quedarse sola y al señor que vive cercs de ella se merecen vivir dignamente y que la puedan operar a Agafia de ese tumor

  20. HER SOUL AND HEART WAS POLISHED BY HOLY SPIRIT, GOD AND HER BELIEVES. PURE LOVE HAS SHE INSIDE HER AND PURENESS. I HOPE THAT ONE DAY THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL BE LIKE AGAFIA LYKOV !!!! LORD BLESS HER !

  21. People still live in wooden houses with no central heating in the countryside and gather their own wood and grow their own vegetables in every country in the world. She is an extremely resilient person, but to me, she is not really much more remarkable than a lonely pensioner living in the far countryside in a wooden house.

  22. From what she was saying it sounds like Yerofei is a piece of shit and honestly she should just whack him and put him out in the wilderness and let nature eat him. I mean honestly who would come look for that old ungrateful piece of shit. From the get go 1st I was thinking what a lousy bum having this lady tend to your every need while she's already surviving on her own and has to do her own work and then later on find out that he probly sexually assaulted her and then tried to blackmail her. The way I was raised you always respect women and if anything the man always does his part and always tries to take care of a woman no matter the situation even if he has one leg And if you have one leg and can't survive on your home why the hell would you live out in the middle of nowhere…. but then to find out that he possibly did something to her just drives me nuts! She is a very strong woman but you can hear in her voice when she was describing the situation you can hear the hurt in her voice sounded like she was about to cry and that she was trying not to break down. Here she is in the wilderness all by herself living in her form of Nirvana and out of nowhere here comes this outsider guy and next thing you know hes like holding her hostage and vice is doing a documentary on her and doesn't call him out?

  23. Thank you, Agafia, for being the faithful person you are! Btw. she is NOT alone when she is so much in the company of the Presence through her prayers. May this continue, you being with the Presence and the Presence with you!

  24. I think she gets sick every time she enters a city, because her immune system is not used to the bacteria and viruses that other people carry around.

  25. Hola estimadas (os) amigas(os).
    Quisiera saber si alguien sabe algo de Agafia, si aún nos acompaña en esta vida,
    (sería una bendición ) o tal vez ya esta junto a Dios.
    Puede que haya algunas respuestas sobre ella pero no entiendo nada de Inglés.
    Gracias
    Saludos desde CHILE

  26. I loveeee her being soul and heart ❤️ like my elders . AND IMAGINE WHAT SHhe sawww jesssh and the booook I would die to get my hands on it 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙇🏾‍♀️❤️

  27. The lady bashes everything about modern science but how do you think they got that helicopter worth of supplies to you lol

  28. A true woman, a true FEMINIST, a human being that doesn't need the company of another, a person who is 100% independent, a TRUE woman that doesn't need the protection nor the love of a fucking man. My respects to her!!

  29. This woman never had any money and still lives her life brimful. If tomorrow lets say "one big city" looses power, all the lives in "the city" will be greatly endangered, not her`s, not at her place. The simplicity – happiness is not in things you have or you think you have, but on how little you need to survive.

  30. One in aprox 140 people found out worth their effort to give this rather beautiful report, with its meditative music, a like… and a surprisingly high number gave it a thumbs-down – many more than could be explained away by scrolling errors. I find it hard to understand

  31. 70 years of age, has a mouth full of teeth…hair isn't even close to white..If she's the one doing it wrong, why is she in better shape than most 50 yos living in the cities?

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