For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact (1 Viewer)

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"Siberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents through the valleys; a hundred thousand icy bogs. This forest is the last and greatest of Earth's wildernesses. It stretches from the furthest tip of Russia's arctic regions as far south as Mongolia, and east from the Urals to the Pacific: five million square miles of nothingness, with a population, outside a handful of towns, that amounts to only a few thousand people."

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of WWII | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine



A great read!
 

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They re-discovered modern life, only to be caught on a dashboard camera going head on with a truck full of cows....
 

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Clothes were patched and repatched until they fell apart, then replaced with hemp cloth grown from seed.

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Nice story, except for the part where their religion basically ruined their lives.

Yeah, maybe they should have hung around and been shot like the guys brother for his beliefs, instead. I can see where that's preferable. :9:
 

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It wasn't religion that ruined their lives, it was other men.
 

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Thanks for the link. The story about the old lady holed up in her hotel room for 40 years was also cool.
 

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Dmitry would've been an interesting guy to meet.

Dude could run down and bring back an elk, barehanded. Put him in the Olympics and watch him smoke Kenyans all day long.
 

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Just imagine. In the event of some sort of massive plague or war that killed off most of the human population and destroyed modern infrastructure, this is more or less what we'd be reduced to; running around the forest in birch bark shoes, our pots and pans eventually giving out, eventually running out of ammunition for our guns (hard to imagine in this country, I know), our remaining books rotting, our language reduced to a series of coos and grunts. And this was a family that had a lot more basic survival skills than most of us city slickers would have today. Shudder.
 

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