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Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Part 1/4)

Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Part 1/4)


[SOUND OF SAWING WOOD] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] -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 7 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 older 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, in the only way
she knows how– off the land– in one of the most inhospitable environments on earth. Our journey to meet Agafia begin
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 of 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. -We use this time to
check out the town. The call finally came, so we
jumped in a van and drove several hours south to
the Shushenskoye. -However by the time we arrive,
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 rooster, and a goat. 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] -The helicopter left, and would
only return in several days time if the weather
was good. Hiking out wouldn’t
be an option.

100 thoughts on “Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Part 1/4)”

  1. yeh and the orange dwarf was there with his umbrella, but he didn't point it at any children which is good. He is learning the mistake of his ways.

  2. it's easier to upload 4 parts as well. For the amount of costs involved in what they do the profit isn't that high

  3. Are you gonna be okay, jose? You're watching a video about a chick who lives in a fucking SIBERIAN WILDERNESS, and you're worried about 3 extra clicks!

  4. Her speech is really strange. It's like she has a speech impediment, and the style of the language itself is very old. It's interesting to see a person today speak the exact same language that was spoken 70 years ago. I speak Russian fluently and at certain parts even I have a hard time understanding her, partly due to the impediment but also because of her strange vocabulary and wording.

  5. honestly, i think the 4 part thing is to accommodate for easier viewing by people with slower machines or mobile devices, not to increase ad revenue. OC above you is simply retarded.

  6. Scumbags! I mean they should do this for free right! Why do they need to eat, have a home, provide funds for future projects? Omg so awful to want to earn a little money so they can continue to be excellent independent film makers rather than suckling at the teat of a major corporation who will demand so many edits the film will be meaningless.

    Fuck them right!

  7. What the fuck Vice? I made a comment on this video in defense of Vice and they removed my comment that had like 500 "thumbs ups" just a couple of hours ago. How are you going to that to my ego you fucks! Whatever, time to go eat cheesy puffs, jerk off on to myself, and fall asleep.

  8. She looks like my grandma . And dress like her too lol . My grandma vanished a few years ago . This is my grandma and that program is fake . Come back home Granny . We still love you !!!

  9. No, I meant suckling not sucking. I suggest you enhance your vocabulary.

    Thanks for proving you're a moron 🙂

  10. 4 parts because they gain higher view counts, which in will make them more money. it's not really inconvenient at all, and you are making it seem so, and I think that's why that guy was so mad.

  11. haha look out for the face in the snow (along the treeline) looking to the sky @ 8.40, also great doc vice.

  12. (: anything else than a tiger… tigers are very endangered and live in the far east on a very small piece of land Primorsky Krai, very close to japan on the coastal area. Siberia is VAST beyond comprehension, would be a miracle to encounter one by a chance inside inland. But you've got a great chance to meet wolves, bears and mountain ghosts etc…

  13. Geographically, Siberia is a very huge and lonely place(1.5 man at a square kilometer on the average)
    So you have to choose where exactly you wanna go, most of siberia – hundreds of kilometers of coniferous forests, rivers and small lakes. It's very quet to live here, peaceful, but in some regions cold as hell in winters. Sometimes less than -40 celsium

  14. I don't really agree with the title of the video…if you have been living in way for 70 years and enjoying it you are doing way more than surviving, you are thriving.

  15. She is surviving really good for how cold an hard it is to live there it's not easy at all its pretty but younger people would have a really hard time doing what she doing

  16. Такой мороз полуоткрытой головой .она ходиьт одна .то на реке .то где то в лесу и не боится .

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