Russian Family Lived In Siberian Wilderness, Completely Oblivious of WWII


Russian Family Lived In Siberian Wilderness, Completely Oblivious of WWII

Russian Family Lived In Siberian Wilderness, Completely Oblivious of WWII
Russian Family Lived In Siberian Wilderness, Completely Oblivious of WWII

The Siberian wilderness is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Besides being one of the most isolated, it also has one of the most difficult terrains to travel through as well as one of the lowest temperatures, especially during winter time. With these in mind, we can find it somewhat difficult to imagine some people living there willingly. But regardless of these apparent setbacks, some people nevertheless did.

In a place so remote that makes up about 10 percent of the planet’s surface, the Siberian wilderness has average temperatures of just 5 degrees Celsius. While summers last for only a few weeks, in winter temperatures drop well below zero. In fact, in 1933, thermometers plunged to minus 67.7 degrees C.

Karp Lykov

Well, in this environment, a Russian family lived out their lives for more than four decades. They were some Old Believers, a group of hermits that lived in Sothern Siberia, close to the border with Mongolia from 1936 up until 1978 when a group of geologists came across them.


The Lykov family inhabited an area roughly 150 miles away from any other settlement, in a place never before explored. Before 1936, they lived as part of society, but after a Soviet patrol shot and killed Lykov’s brother, he gathered his family and fled deep into the Siberian wilderness, never to be seen for more than 40 years.For the following decades, Karp Lykov, alongside his wife and children, lived in a wooden hut.

When they first set out, they were four. The two parents, and two children. There, they had two other kids in 1940 and 1943. They had several prayer books, as well as an old family Bible, after which the children learned how to read and write.

The Lykov Bible is over 400 years old

The family made due with foraging in the forest for wild fruits and they were growing their own vegetables.They made their own clothes and learned how to hunt without guns. One of the younger sons learned how to hunt and became so proficient at it that he could even go out in winter and hunt barefoot.

In the late 1950’s they face starvation, and the mother died. When the geologists discovered them back in 1978, Karp Lykov welcomed them with open arms. They refused everything the research team had to offer, taking only the salt.

Agafia Lykova


The family was completely unaware of WWII that took place, as well as the fact that people went to the moon. Reporter Vasily Peskov said: “What amazed Karp most of all was a transparent cellophane package. He said, Lord, what have they thought up – it is glass but it crumbles!”



In 1981, three of the four children died within days of each other. Two from kidney failure and one from pneumonia. The geologists tried to convince Karp and his remaining daughter, Agafia, to move to the village 150 miles away, but they refused. Karp eventually died in 1988, and his daughter continued on living in the Siberian wilderness all alone.