Surviving In The Siberian Wilderness For 70 Years: No Contact

Categories: Survival

In 1936, a family of Russian Old Believers journeyed deep into Siberia's vast taiga to escape persecution and protect their way of life. The Lykovs eventually settled in the Sayan Mountains, 160 miles from any other sign of civilization. In 1944, Agafia Lykov was born into this wilderness. Today, she is the last surviving Lykov, remaining steadfast in her seclusion. 

Where they settled was 160 miles from the nearest town today


 The Lykoff family built a life in the wilderness completely undisturbed for over 40 years in a harsh environment where the winter temperatures often dipped to minus 30 degrees.


Agafia was born into this harsh wilderness in 1944


Fearing oppression and death at the hands of Stalin, the family fled to the Cyan Mountains of Siberia in 1936

The Summer growing season is short and bears and wolves roam in abundance.  The area they settled in is currently over 160 miles from the nearest town.

However, food was always scarce, and in 1961, Agafia's mother starved herself to death so that her children would have enough to eat.

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