Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Full Length)

Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Full Length)


[MUSIC PLAYING] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Agafia Lykov is one
of Russia’s Old Believers, an ultra-orthodox sect of
Christianity that still exists in small communities around
the world today. Fearing oppression and death
at the hands of Stalin, Agafia’s father Karp fled with
his family into the Sayan Mountains of Siberia in 1936. Agafia was born into this harsh
wilderness in 1944. The Lykov family lived
undisturbed for 40 years, building a life in an
environment where the winter temperatures commonly dipped
to minus 30, the summer growing season is short,
and bears and wolves roam in abundance. However, food was
always scarce. And in 1961, Agafia’s mother
Akulina starved herself to death so that her children would
have enough food to eat. The area they settled in is
currently over 160 miles from the nearest town. In summer, it’s possible to
reach the Lykov’s cabin by a seven-day canoe trip. In winter, while we had heard
rumors of a treacherous snowmobile route, it is
virtually inaccessible by anything other than
helicopter. In 1978, a team of Russian
geologists spotted the Lykov’s hillside farm from
their helicopter. They later hiked in
to meet them. It was the first contact with
outsiders that the Lykovs had in over 40 years, and
it marked the end of their isolation. Since that initial visit, the
Lykovs have become famous in Russia as the family of Siberian
hermits who didn’t know that World War
II took place. They also suffered unspeakable
tragedy when the three elder children all died within weeks
of each other, presumably from pneumonia contracted from a
visit by the geologists. Agafia’s father Karp later died
in 1988, 27 years to the day after his wife
passed away. Despite sporadic visitors over
the years, Agafia lived alone until 1997, when one of the
geologists, a man named Yerofei Sedov, moved to a cabin
down the hill from her. So now, 35 years after their
first contact, Agafia is the only Lykov left, living the same
way she has since she was born and the only way she knows
how, off the land, in one of the most inhospitable
environments on Earth. Our journey to meet Agafia began
with a 10-hour red-eye flight from New York
to Moscow. Arriving in the morning, we met
up with Gleb Lisichkin, the editor of Vice Russia, who
would act as our host and translator. We then hopped on another flight
to the city of Abakan, which is right in the middle of
the country, just north of the Mongolian border. Abakan is the capital the
Khakassia region, and with 165,000 residents is modern,
but by no means a teeming metropolis. We then met Igor, an employee
of the Parks Department, who would be accompanying
us to see Agafia. JOHN MARTIN: We used this time
to check out the town. Whew. Ouch. The call finally came, so we
jumped in a van and drove several hours south to
the Shushenskoye. JOHN MARTIN: However, by the
time we arrived some severe weather came and grounded our
helicopter for another night. The unexpected delay gave us
time to buy some things that were on Agafia’s wish list,
namely a goat and rooster. On the third morning, the
weather had slightly cleared, and we were able to board
the helicopter. Despite some technical
difficulties, which made us second guess our choice of
aircraft, by that afternoon we were finally in the air on the
final leg of our journey. As civilization dropped away and
the taiga grew, we made an unexpected stop in a
snow-covered field to pick up Sergei, a Parks Department
official who spends most of his time living in the mountains
and has grown to know Agafia over his
years there. Siberia is a region in the
middle of Russia, covering about 5 million square miles, an
area nearly one and a half times larger than the
United States. The area is sparsely populated,
with few major cities like Abakan, and is
mostly comprised of large swaths of untouched land called
taiga, a subarctic forest known for extreme
cold and massive amounts of wildlife. It was into this taiga that
Agafia’s father led his family in 1937. We landed on the frozen river,
unloaded our gear and gift animals, and went to meet
Agafia and Yerofei. -[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: The helicopter left
and would only return in several days time if the
weather was good. Hiking out wouldn’t
be an option. AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Despite
being 70 years old, Agafia is energetic. She gardens, fishes, forages,
cuts and stacks firewood all by herself. But it does take a lot to keep
up with her daily chores. So she put Gleb to work. SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Agafia has
lived her entire life in the remote taiga. Aside from a handful of times
going into the city, she’s never left. She has survived, alone and off
the land, with untarnished optimism and even taking care
of another person in this harshest of environments. Despite the sporadic intrusion
of the outside world in the form of visitors, government,
media, and falling rocket debris, Agafia’s daily life
remains mostly unchanged. Her continued existence proves
that it’s possible for humans to live alone in environments
as difficult as this. There were once many Old
Believers living in the Siberian wilderness. And as we flew over the vast,
empty taiga, it was not hard to imagine that somewhere there
may well be more people like Agafia. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Full Length)

  1. Hajar Renate Midbrød says:

    but lets face it ..that family would have died out … unless …cant even go there …

  2. tevas sir says:

    Ces gens sont victimes de comportements sectaires .Ils vivent , comme tous les ultra religieux , dans un monde fictif ou règne l’ignorance , les peurs et l'intolérance .
    Cette histoire est néanmoins romanesque et pourrait devenir un film !

  3. Buster Biloxi says:

    Siberia is occupied territory and not a single Muscovite should be permitted to live there. Deport them all and let the land return to nature.

  4. Sharon Long says:

    Wow.

  5. Caroline Maslin says:

    I hope they check on her and bring supplies often ( with no barcodes ) she truly is a treasure.

  6. Lingua et Cultura says:

    The ultimate babushka

  7. حسام الدين البقيني الدمشقي says:

    She starts her day with prayers and we start our day with coffee

  8. Ronbo710 says:

    I wish Simone Bazos would have done this story !

  9. liz julio says:

    Obrigada pela tradução.

  10. clang clang Garfield says:

    She always smile😘😘

  11. HomeValue Glass says:

    Wow, great story.

  12. Samantha collier says:

    Felt bad for the dog

  13. Chaleigh Arnold says:

    This is amazing.. хорошо работа ..

  14. rocklives12 says:

    This is a much better version then the stupid RT one. At least the vice crew didn't shit stir like the RT crew did. Shame on RT crew

  15. lu bramalho says:

    Que história incrível.

  16. Asfandyar Khan says:

    Agafia and her father Karp had prayed for a male companion to help her, but Sedov is who she ended up with. Although he stated he moved there to help out Agafia, his reasons come into question. He was fired from his job for unknown reasons. And because he had lost a leg due to gangrene, Agafia found herself having to help this man while still continuing with her own planting, harvesting, wood chopping, and cloth weaving. She became the ultimate subservient wife without return.
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/agafia-lykova-religious-h_b_9070284

  17. The Computer says:

    This is how my parents describe their journey to school to me.

  18. Thomas Bacon says:

    How any man could call himself a man and live off a woman like Agafia is beyond me. He should be taken away from her as she would be better off. The only thing about living alone is one needs to love something and she has her animals to love.

  19. Edmilson Machado says:

    Angelita Deus abençoe e guarde sempre vocês

  20. Barbara Botanica says:

    why this people came in the winter and not spring or summer?

  21. Afuru1 says:

    Probably the only one adult person I believe is going to heaven.

  22. 808mariomode says:

    Dios sepa proteger a esa mujer y a su alma!

  23. Mathona Moore says:

    So, if you guys weren't delayed then you'd never have bought her the rooster and goat?? I hope you bought her loads of useful supplies and gifts too. She would have appreciated some non perishable foods, candles, matches etc but also a new scarf and other nice things for a woman. I'm in Ireland and I just thought, if I sent her a nice package of cute yet very warm hats, scarves etc and some pretty scarves, I could post them care of one of park lol. She may even appreciate a mirror and some lady toiletries. I'd love to meet her. She's so cute and sweet not to mind resourceful. I can't speak Russian though lol. I'd write her card in English.

  24. Chiara Grondana says:

    Removing yourself from society should be a personal choice. I'm sure Agafia lived a wonderful life, but had never the chance to socialize, have friends growing up, listening to music, visiting a Musem and have a proper education and so on. Also, since she's so deeply religious I'm afraid she's quite racist, homophobic, against sex before marriage etc…and I say this because I see so many people in the comments saying she must be the best person ever without even knowing her

  25. Arslan Bajwa says:

    The most generous and bravest woman in the world. Living alone in this wilderness i can never imaging it. But it is so peaceful and attractive at the same time

  26. H Eki says:

    Thank you for publishing this masterpiece. It was inspiring in many ways.👏👌

  27. sergey 77 says:

    these forests have been burning for a long time and the Chinese are cutting them down. the state sold the forest to the Chinese and poachers. Soon there will be no "Siberian forests" but Siberian prairies.

  28. Mamuani Chhangte says:

    That book

  29. M.a.c Caz says:

    An inspiration to us all.🕊️

  30. Vixinaful says:

    Scary thing is that she's absolutely right about the mark of the beast and communism and all of that. She KNOWS.

  31. Rytis Liaučys says:

    Basically, a centuries old language still lives in this woman. I know Russian, but at times don't understand a word she says. And she does not have a single gray hair! Makes you think perhaps our health was much better had we adopted a different kind of life.

  32. Combitech says:

    that is her path ,and the outside world can't change her , but it can give her the help of some man to do chores

  33. Stephen Curry says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrL6KZcKqEk

  34. Do Li says:

    PLEASE TAKE HER ALL MANNER OF FOODS THAT WILL HELP MAKE HER LIFE EASIER……AND NEW TOOLS, SHARP SAWS AND HEAVY NEW WOOL COATS

  35. cosmo_rebeljdal97 says:

    RT Documentary also made a documentary about her but they basically caused drama for no reason between the two and they interfered too much.

  36. chavella minerva says:

    Talking about being fed up with human contact…

  37. Emma Barnett says:

    Completely insane lunatic religious crazies but this is fascinating.

  38. joy bickerstaff says:

    I love this! Sooo many people SAY… u cannot survive alone, they all need to see this, she has proven them all wrong, and she still survives alone at 70 years old. She’s an inspiration!

  39. Divya Aasery says:

    She is too nice to live in this cunning world.

  40. Carol Stefan says:

    Amazing!!!

  41. missMURDA90 says:

    Who's watching this after the RT docu on Agafia?

  42. L Bee says:

    8:41 Face in the mountain

  43. L Bee says:

    God bless you Agafia woman of God.

  44. EEnginer Help Tutorials says:

    Is she still alive?

  45. mike ergul says:

    This beautiful woman should nominate for Nobel peace prize

  46. S Sun says:

    What a dear soul. Watching this makes one realize how easy life is in the modern world.

  47. deuces roxy says:

    Thats creepy that russian geologist prolly fell in love with her wen he seen her and his ass moved in the woods next to her… but he got FRIEND ZONED!!!why he holds a grudge.

  48. B-Series[Children in Harm's Way] says:

    love of the land,water,and the Sun that made all ..

  49. Bharath J says:

    It's better to live here than in urban jungle

  50. Victor Orozco says:

    Its just a angel.. god blase you AGAFIA…

  51. Victor Orozco says:

    she cleanses your soul.. nice

  52. Neil Allen says:

    What a story. I love her!! What a interesting awesome lady!! Thank you for posting this 😀

  53. Las Vegas Nights says:

    Excuse me, but, a family in isolation for 40 years? You cannot tell me incest was not involved 🍆💦💨🤔

  54. Eric Schimmer says:

    Fucking chemtrails even there.
    And she knows!!!!

  55. Nate Sims says:

    Lykova, not lykov in description

  56. DonnierDarko223 says:

    21:40 I don't know what is scarier…living almost totally alone in borderline isolation in the vastness of the taiga or getting sick from drinking water in a "civilised" town after having only had river water for your entire life.

    It makes me wonder just how much shit (figuratively and literally speaking) is in our water when someone gets sick like that for drinking it.

  57. Deb Dub says:

    I LOVE & PRAY for her!!! ❤

  58. DoranArtMedia says:

    "I'd rather go away and die of hunger than live with you" if i had a dollar for everytime i heard that one (;

  59. Rocio B says:

    It would be nice an update vídeo, How is she doing?

  60. alex panmei says:

    Her faith make me more encourage and more challenging .

  61. FireWorks says:

    Wow, should've cut out the footage of this stinking old man… poor Agafia

  62. ElAlmez Carmendeljazmin says:

    This lady she is an angel , but her life is a tragedy…. just listen what she is saying

  63. Luciana Ducatt says:

    Tem gente pra tudo nesse mundo . Viver na solidão no frio e na pobreza . Eu desejo q ela tenha muita saúde e seja feliz . Porque não é fácil não .

  64. Chris Snyder says:

    I'm surprised Russian gov't official didn't tell her "You owe Mother Russia many taxes."

  65. Chris Snyder says:

    I poisoned my children with Tylenol and Motrin when they had fevers and all I needed was a freaking cabbage leaf!!!???? What about Eye of Newt???

  66. Athulya S P says:

    Agafia ❤

  67. You there! says:

    What a facinating story. VICE do a video on uncontacted Indian tribes. We thousands of them. The one you may have heard of, the Sentinelese tribe which were recently in the media.

  68. Rhea Adams says:

    I wish I could be there and help her…Is she still around to this day?

  69. Omar Rodriguez says:

    I feel so sad for the dog. She is the one who should be enjoying the wilderness. And the cat got sick because of this woman's lack of knowledge. Terrible fascist, didn't have enough with humans, now just exploits animals. To hell with fascists like this.

  70. teddy mills says:

    This woman is mentally strong like Navy Seal.

  71. Don Vito says:

    She knows about chem trails

  72. Alice Wilde says:

    she's stupid and cruel: she never questioned what she was told and believes it despiteJesus being a fabrication and she's abusing that dog leaving it chained up in the cold

  73. Ирина Егорова says:

    Американец молодец, приехал в самый мороз, ещё и деревья пилит с Агафьей – экстремал)

  74. Таз Таз says:

    Агафья молодец.! 5 миллионов просмотров не русскими.!!!

  75. keep going says:

    It only happened 2 times.

  76. Bibi T says:

    That poor dog…..so sad 😞

  77. Alberto Lopez says:

    esta vieja tenía un supermercado
    a la vuelta de la esquina

  78. Prodigal Son says:

    I can't help but laugh at the guy in red plaid. Dude's in a forest and he's trying to use a Swede Saw as a walking stick.

  79. chas phate says:

    we only know what we know. corruption is accepted or prayed on then denied.

  80. Billy poppins says:

    Any one see the other documentary?..

  81. Dutchess Eberline says:

    She puts the Lord first, as it should be.

  82. Dutchess Eberline says:

    I feel sorry for the dog always tied up…so sad

  83. L.A. D. says:

    It's pronounced, "TAY gaa".

  84. Lucky Sanchez says:

    Es verdad, inspira sencillez, amor y temor de Dios. cuantas ganas de conocer a ella y el lugar en donde vive aunque parece tan inhóspito pero hermoso 😏🙏🙏😍

  85. Gerlie Lizarde says:

    The cat is climbing of her body so cute

  86. Carmen Cruz says:

    Ojala a Agafia la puedan ayudar ya ha sufrido tanto al perder su flia y quedarse sola y al señor que vive cercs de ella se merecen vivir dignamente y que la puedan operar a Agafia de ese tumor

  87. Khimmy Carino says:

    What the heck! 😥😢

  88. Susan Fuego says:

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  89. tictoc544 says:

    Inspiring woman

  90. Jonax GoLez says:

    G0D BLess You Agafia

  91. CSP 443 says:

    HER SOUL AND HEART WAS POLISHED BY HOLY SPIRIT, GOD AND HER BELIEVES. PURE LOVE HAS SHE INSIDE HER AND PURENESS. I HOPE THAT ONE DAY THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL BE LIKE AGAFIA LYKOV !!!! LORD BLESS HER !

  92. B Perez says:

    She cut his leg off yo……

  93. Daniela Clapp says:

    Fucking Americans always have to get their asses into other people's business and in the process they are bringing disease and death to these tribes who wanted to live in isolation. These brothers died because of pneumonia that was brought in by these fucking geologists….Americans are such scavengers and capitalists and WHAT dud they gain by disturbing these poor people?????
    May they die a painful slow death!!!!!

    Stupid America owes this woman something for all the heartache they have caused her, like killing her entire family with disease!

  94. Ilze Grina says:

    People still live in wooden houses with no central heating in the countryside and gather their own wood and grow their own vegetables in every country in the world. She is an extremely resilient person, but to me, she is not really much more remarkable than a lonely pensioner living in the far countryside in a wooden house.

  95. Rielero805 says:

    This is what a REAL CHRISTIAN is. Not all the fake, American, Christian, garbage.

  96. Logan Wilder says:

    From what she was saying it sounds like Yerofei is a piece of shit and honestly she should just whack him and put him out in the wilderness and let nature eat him. I mean honestly who would come look for that old ungrateful piece of shit. From the get go 1st I was thinking what a lousy bum having this lady tend to your every need while she's already surviving on her own and has to do her own work and then later on find out that he probly sexually assaulted her and then tried to blackmail her. The way I was raised you always respect women and if anything the man always does his part and always tries to take care of a woman no matter the situation even if he has one leg And if you have one leg and can't survive on your home why the hell would you live out in the middle of nowhere…. but then to find out that he possibly did something to her just drives me nuts! She is a very strong woman but you can hear in her voice when she was describing the situation you can hear the hurt in her voice sounded like she was about to cry and that she was trying not to break down. Here she is in the wilderness all by herself living in her form of Nirvana and out of nowhere here comes this outsider guy and next thing you know hes like holding her hostage and vice is doing a documentary on her and doesn't call him out?

  97. Asta Lyberth says:

    Thank you, Agafia, for being the faithful person you are! Btw. she is NOT alone when she is so much in the company of the Presence through her prayers. May this continue, you being with the Presence and the Presence with you!

  98. 99dynasty says:

    She’s all human. But We are merging with technology. It’s fine though, it’ll be fine.

  99. Tac Mira says:

    What a brave woman a true survivor God bless you

  100. alevtinasereda says:

    Райад в человечестве во всей своей красе.

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