Hermit woman refuses to go home – despite the risk of an impending Russian ROCKET LAUNCH
A hermit woman who lives & # 39; as if she were in the 18th century & # 39; has rejected a request to evacuate her remote home, despite the risk of being hit by rubble by an approaching Russian rocket launch.
Hermit Agafya Lykova recently celebrated her 75th birthday in the wooden hut where she was born about 200 km from the nearest town deep in the Siberian taiga.
She is the last survivor of a family of old believers, a Russian Orthodox group who fled into the forest in 1936 to prevent religious persecution under Stalin.
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Agafya Lykova in front of her wooden hut in a part of the Siberian forest where she has lived for the past 75 years. She is the last survivor of a family of old believers, an Orthodox group who fled into the forest in 1936 to flee Stalin
The Lykovas went unnoticed for more than 40 years until their distant home – where Agafya still lives – was noticed from the sky by Soviet geologists.
Russian space agency officials recently traveled to the taiga to warn her that her home is on the escape route of an upcoming rocket launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
She lives & is as if she is in the 18th century & # 39; and has refused all help and offers from the Russian state
But she steadfastly refused to leave her simple home where she keeps goats and grows her own food.
The recluse told officials: & The rockets were dropped earlier.
& # 39; What is different now? & # 39;
Since the death of her parents and brothers and sisters, Agafya has been living alone since 1988 and has refused all Russian officials' demands to move to sheltered homes in a village in the Khakassia region.
In 2016, she was briefly admitted to the hospital but demanded to return to her home as quickly as possible where she refused to carry weapons and drove wild brown bears away by storing cutlery on a plate, The reported. Siberian Times.
She complained that in & # 39; civilization & # 39; & # 39; so many cars & # 39; s & # 39; to be.
& # 39; Why do you need so many? & # 39;
& # 39; There is so much smoke from them, there is nothing to breathe. & # 39;
Agafya marked her 75th birthday in April and told the director of the nature reserve in which she lives that she has planted her crops all year round and has enough grass for her goats.
Viktor Nepomnyaschiy, director of the Khakassky Nature Reserve, lives, says she & # 39; has enough food & # 39; and survived the last harsh winter with temperatures of -35C.
Russian space agency officials recently traveled to Khakassia Nature Reserve where she lives to warn her that her home is on the escape route of an upcoming rocket launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
Apart from salt, knives, forks and handles, Agafya and her family have chosen not to use modern world methods or items.
& # 39; She complained a little about her health condition, in particular leg pain, but so far she has managed to take care of her household, & # 39; he said.
She was the fourth child of Karp and Akulina Lykov and during the first 35 years of her life she had no contact at all with anyone outside of her family.
In 1978, a group of geologists found the family after noticing their hiding place from the air.
The scientists reported that Agafya spoke a strange, faded language disrupted by a life of isolation.
When they were found, the family had no idea that World War II had begun – or ended.
Agafya Lykova (center) with her father Karp (right) and sister Natalia (left) in 1980. The family lived undisturbed in the forest for 40 years when a group of geologists saw their cabin from the air in 1978
Agafya & # 39; s father (left) died in his sleep in February 1988. She has lived alone since his death
Her plot is close to the Yerinat River, on a remote ridge in the Abakan Range, in southwestern Siberia.
Her father had made the decision to flee civilization in 1936 after a communist patrol arrived in the fields where he worked and shot his brother.
He gathered a few meager possessions and some seeds and took his wife, Akulina, their nine-year-old son Savin and two-year-old daughter Natalia, and fled into the forest.
Over the years they retreated deeper into the taiga and built a series of wooden huts in the middle of the pine trees.
Despite Agafya's age and the risks to her health to live without modern amenities, she continues to live permanently in her remote home
They lived on a main component of potato tarts mixed with ground rye and hemp seeds.
The Lykovs mainly lived on captive wild animals and cultivated potatoes.
They had no firearms, no salt and didn't know how to make bread.
But a bad winter in 1961 killed everything in their garden and they were reduced to eating their own leather shoes.
The cold weather and the lack of food led to the death of Akulina.
After the family was discovered, they continued to live in the wilderness and, apart from salt, knives, forks and handles, chose not to use modern world methods or objects.
They lived & # 39; as if they were in the 18th century & # 39 ;, according to a report.
Two years after their discovery, three out of four children also died: Savin and Natalia suffered kidney failure and Dmitry died of pneumonia.
Agafya & # 39; s father died in his sleep in February 1988, but despite her age and the risks to her health, she continues to live permanently in her remote home.
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