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Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia... to learn ultimate survival skills

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 June 2017

Old Believers - whose ancestors cut themselves off from the world - teach troops how to live without the props of modern life.

Learning ultimate survival skills in SIberia. Picture: Central Military District

Soldiers from the People's Liberation Army - the world's largest military force - have been taught survival skills by hermits from this Orthodox sect based on centuries of experience and wisdom. 

The ancestors of today's Old Believers retreated to Siberia in the late 17th century to avoid persecution after a schism in the church. 

Cutting themselves off from modernity, they continue to live by traditional ways honed over many generations with survival not depending on guns and gadgets but on man's ability to understand nature, helped by God. 

The Chinese soldiers were fascinated - for example - on being taught to catch burbot with improvised fishing tackle in gushing taiga rivers in the Western Sayan mountain range on the border between Tyva republic and Krasnoyarsk region.

They were also taught to forage for food, and to hunt: the Old Believers are skilled trackers and hunters. 

But they do not eat game with legs, such as hares or bears, yet do consume the meat of cloven-hoofed animals. Forest birds and fish are also allowed, as are nuts and berries. 

'A group of senior and junior officers of the People's Liberation Army of China was moved to a specialised training centre Ergaki by helicopter, given Russian uniforms and landed in the taiga mountains with no cell phone coverage or other amenities - and covered with snow for nine months a year,' said Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin, assistant to the commander-in-chief of the Central Military Region.

'Old believers taught our Chinese guests  basic survival skills in wild Siberia: how to get geographical bearings, overcome mountains, canyons and water obstacles, start a fire, build a shelter, and provide medical help.'

Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skillsChinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills
Old Believers - whose ancestors cut themselves off from the world - teach troops how to live without the props of modern life. Pictures: Central Military District


For several years the Russian military has tapped the knowledge of Old Believers, and now train 700 soldiers annually at the Yergaki complex in the south of Krasnoyarsk region.

Typically, Old Believers might survive by hunting elk and wild boar for meat, sable and squirrels for pelts, while also growing wheat and flax and keeping bees.

The Chinese forces were shown a glimpse of a special Siberian culture. 

The Old Believers do not drink or smoke and usually prefer to limit interaction with people from the outside world. 

Children are often taught at home or by visiting teachers so as not to be tainted by the world. 

Guests are served food using dishes and cutlery set aside for the unclean. 

Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills


Chinese army on manoeuvres in Siberia....to learn ultimate survival skills
For several years the Russian military has tapped the knowledge of Old Believers, and now train 700 soldiers annually at the Yergaki complex in the south of Krasnoyarsk region. Pictures: Central Military District


Old Believer men grow long beards and wear traditional tunics. Women wear long sarafan dresses and mandatory head scarves.

Religious fasts are strictly observed. 

They not smoke or drink alcohol while tea and coffee is considered a sin. 

VIDEO courtesy Central Military District

Comments (3)

In the rainforest, we also have several techniques of survival, although here I think it is much wilder than in Siberia
In siberia I think the cold and the most severe of the intemperies of nature
Here in the Brazilian Amazon, has numerous adversities to be overcome daily
For example, the cold of the siberia although it is strong and dangerous, if you have fire and food and warm and wonderful
In the Amazon, even with fire and food, humidity and heat can often kill, Siberia and Amazonia, 2 terribly different terrestrial biomes
I invite everyone from siberia (I love siberia and her people) to come and visit the amazon from brazil
I'm still going to visit Siberia, I want to live there, to know the customs and traditions of Siberia
Even.
Alex Gomes, From the city of Vilhena, region of Amazonia, Brazil
19/06/2017 01:30
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Watch out Alaska here comes the Reds . Born in China trained in Russia headed to nome beach in invasion force a few years down road.
Joe daugherty, Greenup ky, U.S.A
18/06/2017 19:43
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Quite funny video.
Andres Suarez, Cancun, Mexico
15/06/2017 10:27
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