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Russia: Help reaches oldest Russian hermit Lykova as she runs out of supplies03:24

Russia: Help reaches oldest Russian hermit Lykova as she runs out of supplies

Russian Federation, Sayan Mountains
December 14, 2018 at 01:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Agafia Lykova, the 74-year-old sole hermit and the last survivor in her Old Believers family called for help as she has run out of food and hay, as seen in footage released from the Sayan Mountains on Tuesday.

Lykova used satellite phone to reach local journalist Andrei Grishakov to tell him she has 'run out of everything.'

Kemerovo region governor Sergei Tsivilev as well as local EMERCOM department officials reached Lykova by helicopter and brought her medicine, hay and food.

Lykova lives totally alone in the National Park of the Western Sayan Mountains, deep in Siberian Taiga. The 74-year-old complains she cannot raise her hands, yet she doesn't seek medical help.

In 1978, a group of geologists found Lykova's family living in isolation deep in the Russian Taiga. Since then, the Lykovs have been visited by journalists, activists, as well as National Park inspectors.

Born in 1944, for the first 35 years of her life, Lykova did not have contact with anyone outside of her family. Agafia became a national phenomenon as details of her life became available through books and documentaries dedicated to the last member of the Lykov family.

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Agafia Lykova, the 74-year-old sole hermit and the last survivor in her Old Believers family called for help as she has run out of food and hay, as seen in footage released from the Sayan Mountains on Tuesday.

Lykova used satellite phone to reach local journalist Andrei Grishakov to tell him she has 'run out of everything.'

Kemerovo region governor Sergei Tsivilev as well as local EMERCOM department officials reached Lykova by helicopter and brought her medicine, hay and food.

Lykova lives totally alone in the National Park of the Western Sayan Mountains, deep in Siberian Taiga. The 74-year-old complains she cannot raise her hands, yet she doesn't seek medical help.

In 1978, a group of geologists found Lykova's family living in isolation deep in the Russian Taiga. Since then, the Lykovs have been visited by journalists, activists, as well as National Park inspectors.

Born in 1944, for the first 35 years of her life, Lykova did not have contact with anyone outside of her family. Agafia became a national phenomenon as details of her life became available through books and documentaries dedicated to the last member of the Lykov family.

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