Russian-Family Of Six Lived Alone In Icy Siberia For 40-Years Without Contact From The Outside World

I have always admired reclusive people who choose to be alone with nature, with animals and away from the daily drains of the news, politics and PEOPLE!  A family of six in Russia did that for nearly 40 years.  Siberia consists of 5 million square miles of mostly uninhabited (and barely livable) wilderness, it gets a bit easer. And that’s exactly where a team of geologists found the Lykov family living in seclusion in 1978.Screen-Shot-2017-07-27-at-12_46_16-PM
How were they found? An unsuspecting crew spotted the first signs of human habitation – a garden – from their helicopter and noted the position. Later, even though writer Vasily Peskov noted that “it’s less dangerous to run across a wild animal than a stranger,” the group decided to investigate. Geologist Galina Pismenskaya says that they “chose a fine day and put gifts in our packs for our prospective friends…though, just to be sure, I did check the pistol that hung at my side.”
They were 150 miles from the nearest settlement when they began to glimpse more signs of humans in the wild – a path, a staff, a log laid across a stream, and finally a small shed filled with dried potatoes. At last, a dwelling appeared and it was clear soon enough that their intrusion had not gone unnoticed.
They survived in a cramped, musty dwelling consisted of a single room, built and reinforced with whatever its inhabitants had managed to scavenge from their surroundings. The hut was home to a family of five, and once the scientists realized they had frightened two daughters, they retreated outside and gave the family space to join them on their own terms. When the father and his two daughters ventured out, the scientists found them curious, among other things.
As they learned more and more about the family, the story of how they ended up living alone on the taiga emerged. The old man, Karp Lykov, belonged to a sect of Christianity known as the Old Believers, a group that has worshipped since the 17th century and who have been persecuted since the days of Peter the Great. When the atheist Bolsheviks took power, life for the Old Believers got even worse, and most retreated to Siberia in an attempt to escape persecution in the 1930s. That had not even been far enough for the Lykov family – a Communist patrol shot and killed Karp’s brother as they knelt working together, and Karp responded by grabbing his family (then of 4) and disappearing into the forest.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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