Interesting stories: The Lykov family

The Lykov family – For 40 years, this Russian family was cut off from all human contact, unaware of world war II. In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga. The Lykov family is a Russian family of Old Believers. 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).

In 1936 their religion was under threat. After Karp Lykov’s brother was killed by a Communist patrol, Karp and Akulina Lykov with their (then) two children fled their hometown of Lykova (Tyumen Oblast) eastward. Two children 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.
Karp’s wife Akulina died of hunger in 1961. Three of his 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.

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