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  1. Jan 17, 2016 · Siberia’s most famous hermit, Agafia Lykova, emerged from the Russian wilderness last Wednesday — for the first time in 70 years. According to reports, the reclusive women used an emergency satellite phone to call for help, as she was experiencing severe pain in her legs.

  2. Lost in the taiga: How the Lykov hermits became famous in the ...
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    • Agafia – Sole Survivor

    Some people blamed Peskov for the Lykovs' deaths due to the shock of having contact with the outside world. The journalist was very upset by this because he had been trying to protect the Lykovs from the hordes that had rushed to the area to gape at them. For many years he had visited and helped the family by bringing kitchen utensils, medicines and even a goat, so that the hermits could have fresh milk all year round. During one of his last meetings with Agafia, Peskov, who has since died, asked her whether it was good in her opinion that people had "discovered" the family. According to Agafia, God had sent people to them, and had it not been for these people, the family would have been dead a long time ago. "What had our life been like before then? Our clothes were worn out and all covered in patches. It was terrible – we were eating grass and bark," Agafia said, according to KomsomolskayaPravda.

    Following his meetings with the Lykovs, Peskov wrote a series of articles. The hermits' story captured the imagination of many people, and lines formed at newspaper kiosks every time a new installment about the Lykovs was published. Peskov told friends that each morning Brezhnev's wife would send a person to a newspaper kiosk to get the latest issue of KomsomolskayaPravda as quickly as possible because she couldn't wait to read the newest installment in the saga about the Siberian hermits. Later, Peskov's articles were published as a book, Lost in the Taiga, which was translated into many languages, including English.

    Over the centuries, many Russians fled and hid in the country's vast expanse because of their religious beliefs. The Old Believers had always been persecuted in Russia, and it was only Emperor Nicholas II who finally put a stop to it. After the Revolution, however, the Soviet authorities resumed religious persecution with a vengeance by forcing Old Believers to join collective farms, or putting them in jail. Fleeing collectivization, the Lykov family moved deep into the forest and found themselves in a state forest preserve. In the 1930s the authorities forbade them to hunt or fish. Once, an anonymous accuser claimed that the Old Believers were poachers. The forest reserve guards went to check and accidentally shot dead the brother of Karp Lykov, but they told investigators that the Old Believers had put up armed resistance. In 1937, the most terrible year of the Great Terror, the Lykovs were visited by people from the NKVD [the precursor of the KGB] who started questioning them in...

    Agafia is now 74 years old, and for the past 30 years she has lived in the forest alone. Once, in 1990, she made an attempt to live with other people, choosing to reside in a schismatic priestless Old Believer convent, and even became a nun. Agafia's interpretation of the faith, however, turned out to be different, and she returned to her home in the forest. In 2011, representatives of the official Russian Old Believer Church visited Agafia and carried out a ceremony of baptism in strict accordance with church laws. Agafia was given support by the local authorities, with Kemerovo Region Ex-governor Aman Tuleyev issuing instructions that the hermit be provided with all necessary help. Each year interest towards the lonely hermit only grows. Film crews, journalists, doctors and volunteers have been to see her. In 2015, a British film crew headed by director Rebecca Marshall visited Agafia to make a documentary about her life, The Forest in Me. Agafia sees solitude as the most importan...

  3. The story of Agafia Lykova is one of ... - The Plaid Zebra

    Mar 14, 2016 · Agafia Lykova was born in Siberia, and for all of her 72 years she has lived in isolation, away from what most would call “civilization”, away from technology, away from people, away from everything.

  4. Siberian hermit airlifted to hospital over leg pain | World ...

    Jan 15, 2016 · Agafia Lykova, 70, who has spent her whole life in the Russian wilderness, called in help using satellite phone Alec Luhn in Moscow Fri 15 Jan 2016 09.03 EST Last modified on Wed 12 Apr 2017 10.10...

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  7. Lykov family - Wikipedia

    Agafia is a documentary film about Agafia Lykova, produced by RT (Russia Today). It chronicles the history of Old Believers in Russia, the difficulties experienced by the documentary crew in travelling to Agafia's residence, the history of the Lykov family, animosity between Agafia and Yerofei Sedov, and Agafia's life in the taiga.

  8. Russian hermit to return to Siberian wilderness after ...

    Jan 19, 2016 · Agafia Lykova was discharged from care in Tashtagol, a town in Siberia’s Kemerovo region, on Tuesday but will stay there until state emergency services can airlift her home, the Russian news site...

  9. Siberian hermit, 75, who ‘lives in 18th century’ refuses to ...

    Agafya is perhaps the world’s most famous and remarkable hermit; recently she celebrated her 75th birthday. The recluse is the last survivor of a family who successfully opted out of Stalin's Russia to live in the wilderness of Khakassia republic in southern Siberia.

  10. Agafia Lykova has long been known to all of Russia and even beyond its borders, and interest in her does not fade, even though it would seem that the current aggressive flow of information should have, roughly speaking, rolled it into the asphalt.

  11. Friend to reclusive hermit dies leaving Old Believer all ...

    A geologist who lived a reclusive life in a hut beside the famous Siberian hermit Agafya Lykova has died, leaving the woman alone in the taiga. Yerofei Sedov was considered her only neighbour deep in the forest about 500 metres up the Abakan Range, in south-western Siberia. Over the years he looked out for 71-year-old Agafya, the sole survivor of a family of Old Believers that had cut themselves off from civilisation for decades.