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For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II
Smithsonian.com ^ | 1/29/13 | Mike Dash

Posted on 02/02/2013 9:35:54 AM PST by marshmallow

In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga

Siberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents through the valleys; a hundred thousand icy bogs. This forest is the last and greatest of Earth's wildernesses. It stretches from the furthest tip of Russia's arctic regions as far south as Mongolia, and east from the Urals to the Pacific: five million square miles of nothingness, with a population, outside a handful of towns, that amounts to only a few thousand people.

When the warm days do arrive, though, the taiga blooms, and for a few short months it can seem almost welcoming. It is then that man can see most clearly into this hidden world—not on land, for the taiga can swallow whole armies of explorers, but from the air. Siberia is the source of most of Russia's oil and mineral resources, and, over the years, even its most distant parts have been overflown by oil prospectors and surveyors on their way to backwoods camps where the work of extracting wealth is carried on.

Thus it was in the remote south of the forest in the summer of 1978. A helicopter sent to find a safe spot to land a party of geologists was skimming the treeline a hundred or so miles from the Mongolian border when it dropped into the thickly wooded valley of an unnamed tributary of the Abakan, a seething ribbon of water rushing through dangerous terrain. The valley walls were narrow, with sides.......

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TOPICS: General Discusssion; History; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: russia; siberia; survival

1 posted on 02/02/2013 9:36:03 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
They were not lost in Siberia, they were fleeing Christian persecution by the Marxist's. Something we are feeling quite well at home these days.
2 posted on 02/02/2013 9:42:28 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: American in Israel

BTTT


3 posted on 02/02/2013 9:48:31 AM PST by Borax Queen
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To: marshmallow

The description sounds like Minneaposli this week. It’s like 2 right now. brrrr.


4 posted on 02/02/2013 9:54:19 AM PST by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: marshmallow

Incredible story.


5 posted on 02/02/2013 9:55:55 AM PST by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: marshmallow

Out of touch for 40 years?

Sounds like good Libs...they ‘find’ them every couple of years or so to vote and leave it at that.

Don’t worry for name of candidate. Just push D and go back to the ice.


6 posted on 02/02/2013 9:57:06 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: marshmallow

The family’s principal entertainment, the Russian journalist Vasily Peskov noted, “was for everyone to recount their dreams.”


Might be more productive than what we talk about...........


7 posted on 02/02/2013 10:00:53 AM PST by PeterPrinciple ( Lord save me from some conservatives, they don't understand human nature any better than liberals.)
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To: marshmallow

I remember reading a newspaper report of this back in 1978 or 79. I wondered what ever happened to them.


8 posted on 02/02/2013 10:02:14 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: marshmallow

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2983347/posts


9 posted on 02/02/2013 10:07:55 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: marshmallow
A remarkable story - thanks for posting!
10 posted on 02/02/2013 10:07:55 AM PST by warsaw44
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To: American in Israel

Not really. They were Old Believers, who have felt persecuted for centuries (and actually have been persecuted at various points), but who have developed a sort of separatist cult of their own. While they were undoubtedly under attack by the Marxists, these attacks go way back, and so does their attitude. There used to be several of these isolated communities in Canada and even one in Dakota, IIRC.

They’re sort of like the Orthodox version of Mennonites - but more so.

This is highly unusual, though, for one family to have gone off like that. Usually they went and settled in groups, for marriage purposes, if nothing else.


11 posted on 02/02/2013 10:12:29 AM PST by livius
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To: marshmallow
Their experience provides insights into why the Red Terror got it's name.

For all the preppers thinking a few boxes of dehydrated food, guns and ammo will save you while your neighbors starve, note in the article how merely fleeing into the woods wasn't enough for the Lykovs. They had to press deeper and deeper until they found a spot 6K feet up a mountain in Siberia (guess what winter lows are at 6K feet in Siberia?):

During the purges of the 1930s, with Christianity itself under assault, a Communist patrol had shot Lykov's brother on the outskirts of their village while Lykov knelt working beside him. He had responded by scooping up his family and bolting into forest.

-snip-

That was in 1936, and there were only four Lykovs then—Karp; his wife, Akulina; a son named Savin, 9 years old, and Natalia, a daughter who was only 2. Taking their possessions and some seeds, they had retreated ever deeper into the taiga, building themselves a succession of crude dwelling places, until at last they had fetched up in this desolate spot.


12 posted on 02/02/2013 10:17:40 AM PST by fso301
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

All are dead except for one daughter. Two or three died within just a couple of years of being discovered.

Youtube has documentaries about the family and the surviving daughter who still lives out in the middle of nowhere: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3E8618B6685175C7


13 posted on 02/02/2013 10:19:40 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: livius
This is highly unusual, though, for one family to have gone off like that.

They also survived. How many others didn't?

Usually they went and settled in groups, for marriage purposes, if nothing else.

That appears to have happened initially but then came the Red Terror and everything went to hell.

From the article:

Under the Soviets, isolated Old Believer communities that had fled to Siberia to escape persecution began to retreat ever further from civilization.
Once they fled into the wilderness of Siberia, they had to fear others hiding in the woods as well as periodic Communist sweeps through the woods searching for assorted holdouts, refugees and Gulag escapees.
14 posted on 02/02/2013 10:29:25 AM PST by fso301
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To: marshmallow
Good photographs at the end of this.

Appendix № 5. Photogrpahs of the Lykovs.


№ 1. Weaving machine and hemp fibers.


№ 2. Agafia Karpovna responds to letters.


№ 3. Agafia Karpovna.


№ 4. The izba (log cabin).


№ 5. Yerofey Sazontievich.


№ 6. The vegetable garden.


№ 7. South-eastern part of the izba.


№ 8. Agafia Karpovna's goat


№ 9. Agafia Karpovna's dog, names Vityulka (little Victor)


№ 10. The Sayan range.


№ 11. Box made of tree bark.

15 posted on 02/02/2013 10:38:29 AM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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Source for the above (Russian) is С верой древней, православной (With the old, orthodox faith). It is a school paper by a ten-grader Усова Юлия Олеговна (Olga Olegovna Usova) Krannoyarsk.
16 posted on 02/02/2013 10:42:20 AM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

That box made of tree bark is a work of art.


17 posted on 02/02/2013 10:46:06 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: annalex
More



(From wolfleo; original content by kp.ru).

The binoculars were brought by the journalist.

18 posted on 02/02/2013 10:52:22 AM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: marshmallow

While many Russians were “banished” to Siberia by the sundry governments including the Tzars. Others went there to get away from the central control yoke of Moscow.

With the exception of Jews which under the comunists were considered a separate race many went there volutairily rather than emigrate to the US. It also explains why proportionate to its population there are more european emigrees per population from Germany,Ireland,and Poland etc during our immigration high mark in the 1870’s than from Russia..


19 posted on 02/02/2013 10:56:59 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("It's a sin to tell a lie", in telling others that , got me my nickname ......Ex Chi" mechanic")
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To: marshmallow

Remarkable story.


20 posted on 02/02/2013 10:59:04 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: marshmallow
For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

I'd bet they were shocked that the USSR fell, but the USA now has an anti CHRISTIAN commie in the white house.

21 posted on 02/02/2013 11:10:18 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: marshmallow

An amazing story.

At the same time, I can’t help but think that a little more knowledge could have made their lives a lot better. Like different ways of cooking after their pots and pans disintegrated. Or how to tan leather. A good reminder on things I need to practice before I need them.


22 posted on 02/02/2013 11:37:55 AM PST by Ellendra (http://www.ustrendy.com/ellendra-nauriel/portfolio/18423/concealed-couture/)
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To: marshmallow

Thank you so much for posting this. I don’t know when I’ve read anything so moving and such a powerful testimonial to the spirit of man and religious freedom.

Night time stories of their dreams and waiting for the precious rye seed to grow. I would like to hear some of those stories of their dreams.

Wonder if Glenn Beck has read of this?


23 posted on 02/02/2013 12:09:25 PM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: marshmallow

“A man lives for howsoever God grants.” Dimitry

Reader comments were also fascinating especially the idiots who blame this family’s fate on their strong religious beliefs.

I guess these idiots have no knowledge of the hundred millions killed by godless communism.

One of the better responses to the commenter known as Raymond:
“@raymond: “Once again religion shows it’s ability to completely overpower rational thought and make a total mess of peoples lives. A truly sad story.” —Yes how irrational it was for those Christians to not stand still and make it easier for Stalin’s thugs to kill them. They truly messed up their lives by not letting themselves be murdered. On a more serious note, this is an amazing story, and the Lykov’s have lived incredible, amazingly different and amazingly full lives.”


24 posted on 02/02/2013 12:22:02 PM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

it is totally rational - inherently human - to want to live free. the extent some have to go to to do so is amazing.


25 posted on 02/02/2013 5:57:36 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: marshmallow

Them standing around guarding one shoot night and day to get 8 seeds for next year, wild stuff.

Also the part about them marking the appearance of artificial sattelites, and thinking it was something man-made.

Freegards, thanks for all the threads on FR


26 posted on 02/02/2013 6:07:58 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: marshmallow

BTTT


27 posted on 07/23/2013 7:00:55 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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