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Vladimir Lenin, 1897, in Siberian exile

Hermit Agafya Lykova gets a solar panel to keep her satellite phone charged

By The Siberian Times reporter
07 December 2021

For most of her life Agafya, 77, has lived as a peasant from the 18th century, guided by an old Bible.

Agafya Lykova, 77, by her house in the Western Sayan Mountains. PIcture: Viktor Nepomnyashchiy

This year brought several major changes into the life of the Siberian hermit. 

Agafya moved into a new house, after years of living in the old hut built by her father 80 years ago.

She also agreed to accept a solar panel to keep a satellite phone - the only way of communicating with the outside world in the remote corner of the Western Sayan Mountains - charged. 

The update on Agafya’s life came from Viktor Nepomnyashchiy, the director of the Khakassky Nature Reserve after the recent helicopter trip to the hermit’s place. 

‘We delivered parcels, letters, presents and a solar panel, which was installed by volunteers. Agafya showed me the new house. These days she has six goats, three cats and a dog called Tsvetochek (Flower). 

‘Priest Georgy from Orenburg will stay with Agafya to help the hermit fare through the winter months’, Viktor said. 

Hermit Agafya Lykova gets a solar panel to keep her satellite phone charged


Hermit Agafya Lykova gets a solar panel to keep her satellite phone charged


Hermit Agafya Lykova gets a solar panel to keep her satellite phone charged


Hermit Agafya Lykova gets a solar panel to keep her satellite phone charged


Agafya’s new house, a simple one-storey wooden hut, the solar panel and the recent helicopter trip to the hardly-accessible part of the Sayan mountains were paid for by businessman Oleg Deripaska.
Agafya and father Karl pictured in early 1980 by their house in the Republic of Khakassia, and recently accepting a solar panel. Pictures: Nikolay Proletsky, Channel 1


Agafya Lykova is the last survivor of a family of Orthodox Old Believers who in 1936 fled into the forest to escape religious persecution of Stalin's Russia.

They were discovered dozens of years later in 1978 after being spotted from the air by a group of geologists on a remote mountain side close to Erinat river in the Abakan range, south-western Siberia. 

When they were found, they had no idea World War Two had started - or ended. 

Agafya was the fourth child of Karp and Akulina Lykov, and for the first 35 years of her life she had no contact at all with anyone outside her family.

Her mother died in 1961, her father passed away in 1988.

Agafya’s new house, a simple one-storey wooden hut, the solar panel and the recent helicopter trip to the hardly-accessible part of the Sayan mountains were paid for by businessman Oleg Deripaska. 

Agafya Lykova pictured by her house aged 77 and 72. Pictures:Viktor Nepomnyashchiy, Alexander Kuznetsov, Volnoye Delo Foundation

Agafya Lykova


Agafya Lykova


Agafya Lykova


Agafya Lykova


Agafya Lykova


Agafya Lykova


Agafya Lykova

Agafya’s new house, a simple one-storey wooden hut, the solar panel and the recent helicopter trip to the hardly-accessible part of the Sayan mountains were paid for by businessman Oleg Deripaska.


Agafya’s new house, a simple one-storey wooden hut, the solar panel and the recent helicopter trip to the hardly-accessible part of the Sayan mountains were paid for by businessman Oleg Deripaska.

Comments (4)

Heartwarming.
David B. Benson, USA
13/12/2021 07:48
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grand respect pour to endurance dans ces conditions de vie
nanouche, chamonix france
08/12/2021 11:35
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. . . solemnly praying her journey still @half away, many more years to come Agafya wholeheartily♡☆
Roel Bianan y Acaso,
08/12/2021 09:02
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lets just hope no one brings Corona up into her mountains!
Benedikt MORAK, Russia
07/12/2021 22:42
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