Agafia. Hermit Surviving in Russian Wilderness for 70 years


In June 2014 our crew set up to visit Agafia Lykova.
She’s an old believer. After various newspapers has publish her appeal for help we decided to go meet her for herself to hear her story first hand. Our first stop was the Siberian city of Abakan, capital of the republic of Khakassia. Agafia Lykova’s lodge is still five hundred kilometers away, deep in the taiga. We had read a lot about her, and we all have more than a few conceptions about what we might find, but the truth exceed our expectations.
We have covered so many strange stories that, It’s really not clear which are true, and which aren’t. We decided to travel to Agafia by river, following the exact route to the family had once taking to flee the modern worldly life, But in the town of (Abaza???) which our boat was suppose to depart, we were stopped in our tracks by a flood. Endless rain and melting snow from the mountains had cause the deluge. A state of emergency had been declared through out the republic and rescue helicopters were constantly buzzing over head. Luckily there were no casualties but even so, we couldn’t find anyone who’d agree to take us up the river. Once the river had subsided we finally found a Khakassy nature reserve inspector Dmitry. he and his fella Yevgenya agreed to take us to Agafia. We bought food, warm clothing and huge quantities of insect repellent. We’d be Agafia’s first visitor since the flood. Our guide did make it through the rapids, but our walk ended up twice as long then we thought. The shore was completely covered with fallen trees which meant that our boat just couldn’t land. Our motor boat was cruising around 30 kilometers an hour, and despite the rain we were still quite comfortable. But in the 1930’s the Lykov family had traveled the same river in boats that been made up of hollow trunks, and they can only be moved by hard work using oars and poles. The rain hadn’t helped..we often had to jump out so that our guides could navigate shallow water. Sometimes not even that made it easier, and we had to physically drag the boat up stream. On top of that, we had to make frequent stops, just to clear fallen trees from out of our way. Our trip continued for more than a day, the closer we got to Agafia the shallower the river. So now our boat reached the site where the Old Believers family had once lived. At that time the Lykovs were family of five, Karp, the father, his two sons: Savin and Dmitry, and two daughters: Natalia and Agafia. They looked as they’re been lifted straight out of the previous century, they wore homespun hemp and burlap clothes, their shoes were made out of birch bark, and they used only primitive tools. They still lit fires with fleet and steel. The drilling unit began to work near their lodge, and the geologists made friends with the Old Believers. They often visited each other. It took about an hour to clear a passage, one enormous treedrawn in the water, and there is no way we gonna surf through that.. Our guide tried to hold the boat off thefor another half hour, we did try to help but..almost take us … Then we decided to take a chance, and use speed to get over the track. we were always covering ourselves with ?? ??, the area’s rife with the insects that carried ???. Strangely that, Agafia was still unaffected… In 1981, three years after the Lykovs were discovered, Savin, Dmitry and Natalia died suddenly. One theory suggested that the family had weak immune systems, because they never been exposes to the outside world. And, they could haהefrom the geologists.. Finally, and only after two days of ?? travel , we got to our destination.. Our first meeting with Agafia called for some unusual preparation work to be done… On the map this ?? marks on the Lykovs lodge, it where the ?? Abakn river join. Its also where Agafia and Erofey live. You can’t reach Agafia’s place by following the river bank, so we had ?? to the woods, Our guide told us its only about a kilometer away, but in the end we were walking for about thirty minutes, pretend that it much more than a kilometer.. Eventually, we could recognize a Erofey’s hut. Agafiaus to help her set up a new fishing net early in the morning. fishing was one of the main occupations of the Lykovs family. karp, the family father, taught all of his children the essential skills they need to survive a taiga. Erofey was eager to share stories about the Lyovs life. To be honest, we had already heard them before because geologists that been following the Old Believers life from the moment they were discovered. But then something unexpected came up… We went off checking the landing site, ?? ?? come here very often only what is emergency, but now the recent ?? was change the river landscape completely. Its hard to see where any elicopter might be able to land. As we made our way back, perhaps because she knew that Erofey has told us too much, Agafia had something she wanted to say.. We wanted to ask Erofey if what Agagfia had said about what had happened was true.. Its looked that ?? was ??. So we decided we’d stay back a little bit. Agafia obviously wasn’t interesting in sorting things up with Erofey, she had too much to do in her home. She still light his fire with fleet and steel when she wants to cook anything. She makes her own bread from flowers that donated by people who want to help her. It’s always brought in by helicopter but only when its a very good reason for them to be there. And she has her own particular reason for not accepting some things… That evening, despite the rain and recent conflict, Agafia went to Erofey for communication session, every Wednesday Erofey uses the radio to talk to his son Nicolay, or to the nature reserve inspectors. It’s the only meaning communication with the outside world. today was the inspectors he wanted to call first. Nicolay couldn’t be reach on the radio this time. The next day, we went out to the Taiga to collect branches for the goats. Agafia use to cut grass and store ?? for the winter, but now it’s get more difficult for her because of the ?? ??breast. All she can do now is cut the branches. We wanted to help Agafia and Erofey, after all we ?? of responsible for ?? their long standing ??. after two failed record ?? attemps, we went ?? Agafia to her vegtables path to?? the poatatoes ??. She also grown onions, ??, carrots and ??. Even ?? Agafia has detached from outside world, she still pretty well informed about it. the old two infrequent helicopters also bring her books and magazines. In February 1988, Karp Lykov, the father of the family, died. And a year later, Agafia was joined by another fellow believer, Ivan Tropin. He stayed in her home. Their are rumors as going ?? that Agafia was now married. Ivan Tropin died long ago, and Agafia was the only person who be able to confirm or denied what Erofey had said. Its clearly a painful subject for her, and we didn’t want to add insult to injury. But that evening, in quite unprompted, Agafia told us her story. Later, we wanted to set the record straight, so we asked Agafia a direct question. We asked Agafia to write another letter, this time to all the Old believers of the world. Agafia hunting over her letter, and it was time for us to leave. Again we follow that familliar part throught the taiga to return to our boat.

100 Replies to “Agafia. Hermit Surviving in Russian Wilderness for 70 years”

  1. Agafia is s adorable when she talks… lol I’ve first come across this documentary in while now

    — I’m wondering about the state of these two now (2019)

  2. The RT film crew drops into that setting just to stir up controversy?

    Were they trying to mimic the idiotic "reality" shows that can only get viewership with over-the-top, in your face disgusting speech or behavior?
    What was the point?

    Any film from "RT documentary" that shows up as recommended to me will not be watched and will get the thumbs down automatically because of this slime.

  3. Oh … This is almost replica of Hindu Mythological Ramayana… Their was a character called "Sabri", who waited all along her life, alone in woods for Lord Rama. As her Guru has just said so. With Utmost good faith waiting and waiting for all her life and the miracle happened when Lord Rama came before she dies…
    Agafia is like "Sabri" of modern time…

  4. She is living my dream life! And in such a beautiful place, albeit completely remote.

    Anyone else think how much fun it'd be to go live with ol' Agafia and be her helper? God, a few years ago I'd drop everything to do this.

  5. Agafia became a hermit by circumstance but she remains one by choice. Most film crews are ONLY after sensation, drama and divisiveness. If all "news" reports and many "human interest documentaries" are viewed in this light, then it is best to have a bowl of very large-grained salt handy.

  6. I cannot stop looking at her nails. My my! How could she live like that. I am surprised bacteria and viruses have not eaten her alive. I bet she neverrrrrr bathes nor washes.

  7. If they truly wanted to do something nice for her, you set up a small camp and let people visit her every year to learn about organic farming, being in touch with nature, and wholesome living. You only allow in people who are journalists, anthropologists, doctors needing to do a specialty on bacteria and viruses, and forest scientists. And you control how many people can go in. I would say no more than 50 people a year. People would have to be trained to respect her way of life. And when they come up to see her, bring conveniences to help make her life easier. Help her chop enough wood for the winter months. Enlarge her hut. Get her a proper bathroom. Teach her how to bathe daily.

  8. I am appalled at what these F******G journalists did. They went up there to sow trouble between Agafia and Erofey. They should be damned for this and ashamed of themselves. Immature AS***OLES. Who does that? Either you are an idiot or evil or both.

  9. They have NO SHAME. They said that it looked "as if a confrontation was brewing." No! Idiots. It looks as if the seeds of HATRED you sowed are now blooming into outright EVIL. Honestly! These journalists should be sued and never be allowed to go see Agafia and Erofey.

  10. Acho q ela desenvolveu algum problema psicológico . Ela não parece normal . Ninguém em sã consciência suportaria viver no frio da Sibéria e na pobreza no meio do nada . Acho q a polícia deveria ir até lá resgata-la .

  11. I need to do the same. Just move away from the consumerism & rat onba wheel system. To get back to god and nature. A whole group of like minds should all make the daring move, but this is a road few have heart to travel. Would make it worthwhile though.

  12. needles talking to Agafia what that geologist Erofey told them. A guy who entered her life many years after they settled there. And what was their business to tell her what he told them? They came, made war between the only people who lived there and left. that's what civilized people are able to do. disgusting… I wish the two people to find a way to communicate with each other. And by the way, the documentary filmmakers acted like absolute hypocrites, while trying to "get the ruth from the two hermits about their past, they take the packaging off the products they bring with them because she wouldn't accept them…

  13. Interesting way of life, seems some of the stories that surfaced were too much for some people that watched this video though. Agafia and Erofey have clearly had quite a few disagreements before and will have plenty more, its better for them both if they work through any issues of past anyway.

  14. This film crew were an insult to this woman, they neither respected her nor honored her.
    Shame on them to travel that far to bring hurt to someone.

  15. Thats sad man shes loosing it people need people even if its " hi " people who live on there own with no people around after 4 months or so ya its not good even a lil chit chat its so good

  16. What did you to them…they are old to put them in a situation like that…such a childs act….seeing agafia asking for reconciliation 😢…God bless these lady…

  17. Agafia is my religion. And this film crew is a c*nt for you know what. I'm surprised she did not cut you out immediately be thankful she is so patient and kind. It's always the kind trusting people who get forcibly involved or coerced into some sort of soap opera game of someone else.

  18. Oh no you physically had to do something. Cowardly journalists….so she doesn’t accept food with barcodes because genetically modified and goes against her faith….proceed to tear bar codes off to deceive an old woman. Idiots

  19. Amen Jesus 🙂 people dont be blinded the truth is that God sent Jesus to save us please investigate for yourself so you can make it 🙂

  20. I'm sorry but she lives her religion in such a true way. She knows what's her religion all about. Today christians doing all the things that banned in bible like eating pork, drinking wine, sex before marriage and they don't cover their body and hair, they don't even pray or read their own holy book. She's doing great

  21. Some Old Believers emigrated to Dobrudja, between Danube river and Black sea, present day Bulgaria and Romania, then part of the Ottoman Empire. They received special permission from the Turkish Sultan and rights to practice fishing and their religion under the restrictions imposed to all Christians. They are known as "Липованци" [lipovantsi] in Bulgaria. They were traditionally fishermen.

  22. We are direct descendants of Elizabeth Tilley who married John Howland and also was on the Mayflower being just 13 when it sailed. Both her parents died in the first winter but she survived and gave both to those 10 children. We are in England ..

  23. What a bunch of evil fools to put a peaceful good human through hell! She should have had a gun to protect herself!

  24. Simple life,constantly cutting wood,trapping and eating wild game,pooping in a outhouse,shovel snow to get to the outhouse to poop,read the Bible for the 100000 th time , wash the rags and clothes,sleep,get up and do it again for 70+ years.

  25. If the government discovered an hermit like that in the U.K she would get 50 years of tax bills to catch up on.

  26. For many years I check for news all the time. Wish I could tell her what an inspiration she is to me ❤

  27. This just confirms what I have been saying for over 20 years, ALL media is corrupt, they spread nothing but lies and propaganda and they get people hurt or worse, this has been happening since the dawn of media in every corner of the world.!!

  28. "communits are climbing to power. we don't need any communists. i know what they're up to. they'll annihilate the remaining old believers. …" that's why people in the country are quickly marginalized by the left. people like her spend more time away from distractions of big cities, thus can spend more time reading the bible and thinking straight. it's not hard to see that, you only need less distraction and a wise book to read (the bible).

    by the way, those guys made a mess there. interfering in their relationship like that was very irresponsible.

  29. Whoa that huge lump on her chest is a tumor?
    I honestly thought it was some sort of gord for liquid or something of the sorts.

  30. Can anyone tell me what kind of weave she is doing at 37:00……. I have never seen this type of weaving before????

  31. When the film makers were laughing when Agafia's account of the geologist's sexual attacks was refuted by him, was when I turned it off.

  32. Religions made to unite?

    No at all it is made by humans to divide and to control people.

    Agafia was raised with the belief system created by humans resulting in complete isolation.

    However I salute her courage to live alone for 27 years in an isolated place.

  33. About Agafia,
    What an interesting story. And a courageous woman to be out there so far from anyone. Except her neighbor of course. Kind of an odd situation and an odd couple of individuals.
    I wonder though if she won't be a saint in heaven.
    We could all learn something from her about virtue.
    She's staunch in her beliefs. It almost frightens me to think of how far we all are from God's commandments.
    TV is evil, she said in so many words.
    We could never be convinced of such a thing. But we know she's right, and it's the truth.
    She's odd to us, eccentric perhaps.But we could take a lesson from her.
    I find myself wishing her Gods best, and…..the help she needs. Thank You for sharing her story with us. We should be so pure in our approach to the things of God.

  34. The thing that amazes me is that being totally cut off from the world this woman knows about chips that are being put in peoples skin. How does she know that? Shocking

  35. in that 5 year gap she had 6 abortions! she should have been smarter and used protection!!!!!! WTF works both ways why didnt he put something on the end of it….condoms mate!

  36. İnsanlar gözle görülmeyecek kadar görünmez değildir lütfen ihtiyacı olanlara yardım edelim(Gürkan)

  37. Guys, you can't blame the journalists for the fact that either erofey or agafia have made false statements here. Also Erofey came up with that story out of nowhere, he didnt have to talk about it. I think it was right of the journalists to confront them about the rumors, instead of keeping quiet, this way they had a chance of giving their own opinion on the rumors about them. Now yeah, this has caused agafia and erofey to be in conflict, but from my point of view its better this way, because you cant be friends when one is spreading lies about the other behind his or her back.

  38. Her belief is Exactly what happened. Jesus did descend to hell to raise those up to Heaven. Jesus even broke the chains on the gates of hell to get in. All the demons were like dogs surrounding Jesus , gnarling and screeching at him. But Jesus brought that light to hell and they all bowed unto Him. I love Agafia. GOD Bless her.

  39. "Have mercy on a humble orphan in need" so…. Does she want someone to leave their life and go live out there just to do the hard work lol? I understand asking for visitors and help, but they wouldnt really be getting anything out of moving into thr middle of nowhere in this harsh climate , and leaving their entire life behind and all their family. Id go for a visit and to help but.. Not a permanent thing. Id love another documentary on her, a tour of her house and sheds and pantry, how she makes clothes and shoes, hygiene, what she does if she gets sick, her bed, how she preserves food,and HER COOKING RECIPES.!!! id love to just have a more in depth look at how she does all these things.

  40. I used to be an old believer. Old believers are pagans, not Christians. They bow down to idols, and worship demons. They are basically very, very devout Catholics, but they speak Russian.

  41. After watching this I forgot I even had a single problem in life. Agafia must be the kind of person that the Bible refers to when it speaks that only a few will enter.

  42. YouTubers in 2019: here I am in a forest for 3 days alone doing bushcraft. I can teach you how to survive.
    Agafia: that's cute…

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