Skip to comments.For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II
Posted on 01/29/2013 10:34:01 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
"beside a stream there was a dwelling. Blackened by time and rain, the hut was piled up on all sides with taiga rubbishbark, poles, planks. If it hadn't been for a window the size of my backpack pocket, it would have been hard to believe that people lived there. But they did, no doubt about it.... Our arrival had been noticed, as we could see."
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Old Believers are a kind of Amish.
Most fled Russia after communist takeover, thus they were persecuted much earlier.
Most of them are living in South America, Australia, United States and kept their lifestyles.
So what we have people like that in the hills of WV. LOL
I have read other stories of Christians who fled into the Russian wilderness to escape persecution but none like this.
wow. Interesting article. Thank you
That was a truly amazing tale of man’s unconquerable and enduring spirit. Thank you so much for posting this.
Thank you for the wonderful post. BTTT.
Beverly HillsBillskyas? Think of how much easier their lives would have been with an AR-7. Damned Schumer.
In my opinion this is a story about how a manic delusion led a family into decades of isolation and deprivation. Sad.
How true that is.
A manic delusion called 'Communism' caused the death by shooting of Lykov's brother. He and his family escaped into the Siberian wilderness to avoid becoming some more of Stalin's statistics in the Great Terror.
I would have used the words 'evil' and 'tyrannical', but yes; Communism is also sad in its grinding destruction of human lives.
yeah sure they guy was “delusional..” Try rereading the story. The guy saw his brother shot by the Communists for simply being a believer in God. Communism has killed more innocent people than all other ideologies combined who refused to comply with Communist tyranny.
Nice try at taking a shot at religion, but those who have actually studied history know full well their fears were very real. It’s more tragic that people had to resort to such measures because their government refused to treat them as human beings.
Bump for later.
Religion? Try learning a bit of history. The Old Believers split from the Orthodox church in a dispute about the spelling of Jesus’s name and the position of the fingers during the sign of the cross. Its a sect as squirlly as Heavens Gate. Many people suffered through communism without returning to the stone age.The old man and his wife were crazy and they raised a brood of kids in the Neolithic.
Lacking guns and even bows, they could hunt only by digging traps or pursuing prey across the mountains until the animals collapsed from exhaustion. Dmitry built up astonishing endurance, and could hunt barefoot in winter, sometimes returning to the hut after several days, having slept in the open in 40 degrees of frost, a young elk across his shoulders.OK. Remind me never to complain about anything in my life again.
In fact, one wonders how many thousands of other people did the same, but were never discovered or were not as successful at survival! Considering that Stalin murdered maybe 30,000,000 people, this can be considered a miracle and needs to be read in that light (not dwelling on how "different" the people are, as if that were the point.)
Rather interesting glimpse of what people are capable of, and how soft we all are today.
It is incredible isn't it?
The television part confuses me - did they really have TV towers out there at camp?
Thank you so much. It is hard to think of a more thought provoking, and poignant story.
May God share his strength and guidance.
Preppers should read this who thing bugging out will be like an extended camping trip. The man did what he thought he needed to for his family to survive the progressives that took over. He could have stayed and fought and been less than a footnote in history.
I felt like going to a place like that on 7 November 2012.
A most interesting post, one I shall remember for many a year. We are the products of what we allow into our minds, and because of their self imposed exile, the Lykov family kept themselves filled with the love of Christ.
Amazing how quickly three of the children succumbed after the outside world invaded their privacy. They say the children died of kidney failure due to their harsh diet, yet I wonder if in fact the kidney failure was brought upon them by the introduction of new fluids that they consumed which their system had never been exposed to before.
After all, they had the purest of water at their disposal for 40 years. So I find it difficult to believe they all of a sudden died from the harshness of their living conditions after meeting the outside world.
Thanks again for bringing this to our attention. As I said, I shall remember this family, and this post for many years.
The soviet purges touched every family in the USSR. Many families ceased to exist, shot by the authorities, many others died in the cold snows of Siberia cutting and hauling logs to build their camps as they were simply dropped off in the middle of the Taiga in high winter with little in the way of tools or food.
The latest number of the people who were killed by Communism (from Chinese studies oddly enough, very recently)is 147,000,000 souls and most of them were Russian. Socialism is the worst scourge to ever be visited upon humanity.
This is what a real state-sponsored SHTF scenario looks like.
I am struck by the father’s inability to make a bow and arrow or a spear. In our information laden society nearly everyone has a pretty good idea how to begin to build weapons and trial and error would eventually lead you to success.
Put your sons and grandsons in the Boy Scouts. Many of the the techniques needed to survive a SHTF are taught in that organization.
Read Solzhinitson’s books on the purges. It was hell on earth.
Probably more Ukrainians than Russians.
“Probably more Ukrainians than Russians.”
IIRC, about a third of the Russian deaths were Ukrainian. The Ukrainian starvation is just better documented in popular literature.
Russians were the majority.
I spent my youth in urban Cleveland and Detroit. Shortly after graduating from college, I was sent on a business trip to a coal mine in a remote part of Kentucky. I was shocked to find exactly what you are talking about.
Rummel puts the number for the USSR at ~60 million, FWIW. I know many were killed after Stalin’s time, but think it quite likely that as many as 2/3rds were in his era.
You may call it extreme but they survived. How many others didn't? Such was the Red Terror.
Try not revising it either. The article says the family fled into the wilderness to escape the Red Terror.
Many people suffered through communism without returning to the stone age.
Tens of millions didn't.
The old man and his wife were crazy and they raised a brood of kids in the Neolithic.
How can you call someone crazy that survived for over 40 years under conditions you, or I wouldn't last a season in?
This was Russia in the first half of the 20th century. The Lykov's were probably of peasant stock which meant they had limited education and probably knew little to nothing of stone knapping. We in America on the other hand have some knowledge of stone knapping due to Indians being a stone age people right up until the dawn of the 20th century.
If you admire the choice this asshat made, more power to you. Old Believers are some of the craziest loons in the realm of religion; not much different from scientologists in terms of connection to reality. His behavior of moving into the woods of Siberia is perfectly consistent with his hundred year old grudge about 900 lbs of potatoes someone failed to donate to his church. This is a story about a profoundly mentally ill man and his equally ill family.
The Red Terror didn't fully descend upon the Ukraine until the 1930's. The first reports I recall reading of cannibalism were circa 1920 from farther east in the Volga region.
Do you also call Japanese holdouts from WWII asshats?
Old Believers are some of the craziest loons in the realm of religion; not much different from scientologists in terms of connection to reality. His behavior of moving into the woods of Siberia is perfectly consistent with his hundred year old grudge about 900 lbs of potatoes someone failed to donate to his church. This is a story about a profoundly mentally ill man and his equally ill family.
You are correct, when the communist patrol came, a more "rational" person could have claimed to be an atheist... a loyal red and told the communists where some Christians were and thereby increased his odds of living.
The Japanese hideouts are adequately described as asshats
Why am I not the least surprised that you are unable to imagine a reasonable middleground between an insane return to the Neolithic and a complete suck-up to the communists; you know, the way 99% of Russians got by without losing either their souls or their minds? You are free to admire the insane if you choose.