For 40 years, the Russian family was cut off from all contact with people.
For 40 years, the Russian family was cut off from all contact with people and did not even suspect about the Second World War.
In 1978, Soviet geologists in the Siberian wilderness discovered a family of six people. Six members of the Lykov family have lived away from people for more than 40 years, they were completely isolated and more than 250 kilometers from the nearest town.
When they reached the house and knocked the grandfather opened the door.
And someone from the group said “Hello, grandfather! We came to visit!”
The old man did not immediately answer: "Well, since you have climbed so far, then go through ..."
Inside was one room. A single room was lit by a dim light. It was cramped, there was a musty smell, it was dirty, and sticks propped up around the roof stuck around. It was hard to imagine that such a big family lived here.
After a minute, the silence was suddenly broken by sobs and lamentations. Only then did geologists see the silhouettes of two women.One of them was hysterical and prayed, and it was clearly heard: "This is for our sins, our sins ..." The light from the window fell on another woman who was kneeling, and her frightened eyes were visible.
Scientists hastily left the house, moved a few meters away, settled in a clearing and began to eat. About half an hour later, the door creaked open, and geologists saw an old man and his two daughters. They were frankly curious. Carefully, they came and sat down beside him. When Pismenskaya asked: "Have you ever eaten bread?" the old man replied: "I am yes, but they never saw him ...". At least, contact was made with the old man. His daughters spoke a language that was distorted by life in isolation and it was impossible to understand them at first.
Gradually, geologists learned their history.
The old man was named Karp Lykov, and he was an Old Believer, and he was once a member of the fundamentalist Russian Orthodox sect. Old Believers were persecuted since the time of Peter the Great, and Lykov spoke of this as if it happened only yesterday. For him, Peter was a personal enemy and a "devil in human form." He complained about the life of the beginning of the 20th century, not realizing that so much time had passed and much had changed.
As the Bolsheviks came to power, the life of Lykovs became even worse. Under Soviet rule, Old Believers fled to Siberia. During the purges of the 1930s, the Communist patrol shot brother Lykov on the outskirts of his native village. Karp's family fled.
That was in 1936. Four Lykovs saved themselves: Karp, his wife Akulina; son Savin, 9 years old and Natalia, daughter, who was only 2 years old. They fled to the taiga, taking only the seeds. They settled in this place. Some time passed and two more children were born, Dmitry in 1940 and Agafya in 1943. It was they who had never seen people. All that Agafya and Dmitry knew about the outside world, they learned from the stories of their parents.
But the children of Lykov knew that there are places called "cities" in which people lived in cramped quarters in high-rise buildings. They knew that there are countries other than Russia. But these concepts were rather abstract. They only read the bible and church books that the mother took with her. Akulina knew how to read and taught her children to read and write, using the pointed birch branches that she dipped in honeysuckle juice. When Agafye was shown a picture of a horse, she recognized him and screamed: "Look, papa. Horse!"
Geologists were surprised by their resourcefulness, they made birch bark galoshes, and they sewed clothes from hemp, which they grew. They even had a yarn machine, which they made themselves. Their diet consisted mainly of potatoes with hemp seeds. And the circle was pine nuts, which fell directly on the roof of their house.
Nevertheless, the Lykovs lived constantly on the verge of starvation. In the 1950s, Dmitri reached maturity and they developed meat. Having no weapons, they could only hunt by making pit traps, but mostly meat was getting tired out. Dmitry grew surprisingly resilient, he could hunt barefoot in winter, sometimes returning home after a few days, spending the night outside at 40 degrees frost, and at the same time bringing a young moose on his shoulders. But in reality, meat was a rare delicacy. Wild animals destroyed their carrot harvests, and Agafya remembered the end of the 1950s as “starvation time”.
Roots, grass, mushrooms, potato leaves, bark, mountain ash ... We ate everything, we felt hunger all the time. They were constantly thinking about changing places, but they remained ...
In 1961, it snowed in June. Severe frost killed everything that grew in the garden. It was this year that Akulina died of starvation.The rest of the family were saved, fortunately the seeds sprouted. The Lykovs set up a fence around the glade and guarded the crops day and night.
When Soviet geologists met the Lykov family, they realized that they underestimated their abilities and intelligence. Each member of the family was a separate person. Old Carp has always been delighted with the latest innovations. He was amazed that people were already able to set foot on the moon, and he always believed that geologists were telling the truth.
But most of all they were hit by cellophane, at first they thought that it was geologists who crumpled glass.
The younger ones, with all their isolation, had a good sense of humor and constantly ironized themselves. Geologists introduced them to the calendar and the clock, which the Lykovs were very amazed at.
The saddest fact of Lykov's history was the speed with which the family began to shrink after they established contact with the world. In the fall of 1981, three out of four children died within a few days of each other. Their death is the result of the effects of diseases to which they did not have immunity. Savin and Natalya suffered from renal failure, most likely as a result of their harsh diet, which also weakened their organisms.And Dmitry died of pneumonia, which, perhaps, appeared because of a virus from his new friends.
His death shook the geologists who were desperate to save him. They offered to evacuate Dmitry and treat in the hospital, but Dmitry refused ...
When all three were buried, geologists tried to persuade Agafya and Karp to return to the world, but they refused ...
Karp Lykov died in a dream on February 16, 1988, 27 years after his wife, Akulina. Agafya buried him on the mountain slopes with the help of geologists, and then turned around and went to his house. A quarter of a century later, yes, and now, this child of the taiga lives alone, high in the mountains.
Geologists even made notes.
"She will not leave. But we must leave her:
I looked at Agafya again. She stood on the bank of the river like a statue. She did not cry. She nodded and said, "Go, go."