Lykov family

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The Lykov family (Russian: Лыков) is a Russian family of Old Believers.[1] The family of six are known for spending 42 years in complete isolation from human society in an otherwise uninhabited upland of Abakan Range, in Tashtypsky District of Khakassia (southern Siberia).

History[edit]

In 1936 their religion was under threat. After Karp Lykov's brother was killed by a Communist patrol, Karp and Akulina Lykov with their two children, Savin and Natalia,[2] fled their hometown of Lykova (Tyumen Oblast) eastward. Two more children, Dmitry and Agafia, were born during the isolation. They ended up in a dwelling in the taiga, near Yerinat River (Abakan River basin), 250 kilometres (160 mi) from any settlement. In 1978 their location was discovered by a helicopter pilot, who was flying a geological group into the region. The geologists made contact with the family, but the Lykovs decided not to leave the place.[3]

Akulina died of hunger in 1961. Three of the children died in 1981. Karp died in 1988. He is survived by his daughter Agafia Lykova who continues to live in isolation in her Abakan vastness.[4]

Family members[edit]

Parents:

  • Karp Osipovich Lykov (c. 1901[5] – 16 February 1988) (Russian: Карп Лыков)
  • Akulina Lykov (? – 16 February 1961)

Children:

  • Savin (c. 1927[1][5] – 1981)
  • Natalia (c. 1934[1][5] – 1981)
  • Dmitry (1940[1] – 1981)
  • Agafia (born 1943)[1]

Publishings[edit]

The story of the Lykov family was told by the journalist Vasily Peskov in his book Lost in the Taiga: One Russian Family's Fifty-Year Struggle for Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness (1994).[6] Peskov had written a series of reports on the family in the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in 1982. The book became a bestseller in France, and the film rights were acquired by director Jean Jacques Annaud.

Far Out: Agafia's Taiga Life is a documentary film about Agafia Lykova at the age of 70.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mike Dash (29 January 2013). "For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Dash, Mike (28 January 2013). "For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II". Smithsonian.com. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Documentary on the Lykov family. Youtube
  4. ^ From Taiga to Kremlin: a hermit’s gifts for Medvedev. rt.com. 24 February 2010
  5. ^ a b c Fyrnin, M. (1995). "Не таёжный тупик, а духовный путь Лыковых". «Чудеса и Приключения» (in Russian) (12). 
  6. ^ Peskov, Vasiliy Mihaylovich (1994) [1990]. Lost in the Taiga: One Russian Family's Fifty-Year Struggle for Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness. Doubleday. p. 254. ISBN 978-0385472098.  Russian: Таёжный тупик
  7. ^ "The Explorers Club - Events - NYC - Film Series - Far Out: Agafia’s Taiga Life". Explorers.org. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Agafia's Taiga Life | VICE United States". Vice.com. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

Coordinates: 51°27′39″N 88°25′38″E / 51.46087°N 88.42713°E / 51.46087; 88.42713 (Lykov family dwelling)