[MUSIC PLAYING] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Agafia Lykov is one
of Russia’s Old Believers, an ultra-orthodox sect of
Christianity that still exists in small communities around
the world today. Fearing oppression and death
at the hands of Stalin, Agafia’s father Karp fled with
his family into the Sayan Mountains of Siberia in 1936. Agafia was born into this harsh
wilderness in 1944. The Lykov family lived
undisturbed for 40 years, building a life in an
environment where the winter temperatures commonly dipped
to minus 30, the summer growing season is short,
and bears and wolves roam in abundance. However, food was
always scarce. And in 1961, Agafia’s mother
Akulina starved herself to death so that her children would
have enough food to eat. The area they settled in is
currently over 160 miles from the nearest town. In summer, it’s possible to
reach the Lykov’s cabin by a seven-day canoe trip. In winter, while we had heard
rumors of a treacherous snowmobile route, it is
virtually inaccessible by anything other than
helicopter. In 1978, a team of Russian
geologists spotted the Lykov’s hillside farm from
their helicopter. They later hiked in
to meet them. It was the first contact with
outsiders that the Lykovs had in over 40 years, and
it marked the end of their isolation. Since that initial visit, the
Lykovs have become famous in Russia as the family of Siberian
hermits who didn’t know that World War
II took place. They also suffered unspeakable
tragedy when the three elder children all died within weeks
of each other, presumably from pneumonia contracted from a
visit by the geologists. Agafia’s father Karp later died
in 1988, 27 years to the day after his wife
passed away. Despite sporadic visitors over
the years, Agafia lived alone until 1997, when one of the
geologists, a man named Yerofei Sedov, moved to a cabin
down the hill from her. So now, 35 years after their
first contact, Agafia is the only Lykov left, living the same
way she has since she was born and the only way she knows
how, off the land, in one of the most inhospitable
environments on Earth. Our journey to meet Agafia began
with a 10-hour red-eye flight from New York
to Moscow. Arriving in the morning, we met
up with Gleb Lisichkin, the editor of Vice Russia, who
would act as our host and translator. We then hopped on another flight
to the city of Abakan, which is right in the middle of
the country, just north of the Mongolian border. Abakan is the capital the
Khakassia region, and with 165,000 residents is modern,
but by no means a teeming metropolis. We then met Igor, an employee
of the Parks Department, who would be accompanying
us to see Agafia. JOHN MARTIN: We used this time
to check out the town. Whew. Ouch. The call finally came, so we
jumped in a van and drove several hours south to
the Shushenskoye. JOHN MARTIN: However, by the
time we arrived some severe weather came and grounded our
helicopter for another night. The unexpected delay gave us
time to buy some things that were on Agafia’s wish list,
namely a goat and rooster. On the third morning, the
weather had slightly cleared, and we were able to board
the helicopter. Despite some technical
difficulties, which made us second guess our choice of
aircraft, by that afternoon we were finally in the air on the
final leg of our journey. As civilization dropped away and
the taiga grew, we made an unexpected stop in a
snow-covered field to pick up Sergei, a Parks Department
official who spends most of his time living in the mountains
and has grown to know Agafia over his
years there. Siberia is a region in the
middle of Russia, covering about 5 million square miles, an
area nearly one and a half times larger than the
United States. The area is sparsely populated,
with few major cities like Abakan, and is
mostly comprised of large swaths of untouched land called
taiga, a subarctic forest known for extreme
cold and massive amounts of wildlife. It was into this taiga that
Agafia’s father led his family in 1937. We landed on the frozen river,
unloaded our gear and gift animals, and went to meet
Agafia and Yerofei. -[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: The helicopter left
and would only return in several days time if the
weather was good. Hiking out wouldn’t
be an option. AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Despite
being 70 years old, Agafia is energetic. She gardens, fishes, forages,
cuts and stacks firewood all by herself. But it does take a lot to keep
up with her daily chores. So she put Gleb to work. SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEI KHLEBNIKOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] IGOR EGOROV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] AGAFIA LYKOV: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEROFEI SEDOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] JOHN MARTIN: Agafia has
lived her entire life in the remote taiga. Aside from a handful of times
going into the city, she’s never left. She has survived, alone and off
the land, with untarnished optimism and even taking care
of another person in this harshest of environments. Despite the sporadic intrusion
of the outside world in the form of visitors, government,
media, and falling rocket debris, Agafia’s daily life
remains mostly unchanged. Her continued existence proves
that it’s possible for humans to live alone in environments
as difficult as this. There were once many Old
Believers living in the Siberian wilderness. And as we flew over the vast,
empty taiga, it was not hard to imagine that somewhere there
may well be more people like Agafia. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Full Length)
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100 thoughts on “Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (Full Length)

  • July 15, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    What a dear soul. Watching this makes one realize how easy life is in the modern world.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Thats creepy that russian geologist prolly fell in love with her wen he seen her and his ass moved in the woods next to her… but he got FRIEND ZONED!!!why he holds a grudge.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    love of the land,water,and the Sun that made all ..

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  • July 17, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    It's better to live here than in urban jungle

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  • July 17, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    Its just a angel.. god blase you AGAFIA…

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  • July 17, 2019 at 5:05 am
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    she cleanses your soul.. nice

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  • July 17, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    What a story. I love her!! What a interesting awesome lady!! Thank you for posting this 😀

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  • July 18, 2019 at 6:01 am
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    Excuse me, but, a family in isolation for 40 years? You cannot tell me incest was not involved 🍆💦💨🤔

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  • July 18, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    Fucking chemtrails even there.
    And she knows!!!!

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  • July 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    Lykova, not lykov in description

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  • July 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    21:40 I don't know what is scarier…living almost totally alone in borderline isolation in the vastness of the taiga or getting sick from drinking water in a "civilised" town after having only had river water for your entire life.

    It makes me wonder just how much shit (figuratively and literally speaking) is in our water when someone gets sick like that for drinking it.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    I LOVE & PRAY for her!!! ❤

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    "I'd rather go away and die of hunger than live with you" if i had a dollar for everytime i heard that one (;

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    It would be nice an update vídeo, How is she doing?

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  • July 23, 2019 at 5:30 am
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    Her faith make me more encourage and more challenging .

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  • July 23, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    Wow, should've cut out the footage of this stinking old man… poor Agafia

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  • July 24, 2019 at 6:32 am
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    This lady she is an angel , but her life is a tragedy…. just listen what she is saying

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  • July 24, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    Tem gente pra tudo nesse mundo . Viver na solidão no frio e na pobreza . Eu desejo q ela tenha muita saúde e seja feliz . Porque não é fácil não .

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  • July 26, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    I'm surprised Russian gov't official didn't tell her "You owe Mother Russia many taxes."

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  • July 26, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    I poisoned my children with Tylenol and Motrin when they had fevers and all I needed was a freaking cabbage leaf!!!???? What about Eye of Newt???

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  • July 26, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    Agafia ❤

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  • July 26, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    What a facinating story. VICE do a video on uncontacted Indian tribes. We thousands of them. The one you may have heard of, the Sentinelese tribe which were recently in the media.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    I wish I could be there and help her…Is she still around to this day?

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  • July 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    I feel so sad for the dog. She is the one who should be enjoying the wilderness. And the cat got sick because of this woman's lack of knowledge. Terrible fascist, didn't have enough with humans, now just exploits animals. To hell with fascists like this.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    This woman is mentally strong like Navy Seal.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:30 am
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    She knows about chem trails

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  • July 28, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    she's stupid and cruel: she never questioned what she was told and believes it despiteJesus being a fabrication and she's abusing that dog leaving it chained up in the cold

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  • July 29, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    Американец молодец, приехал в самый мороз, ещё и деревья пилит с Агафьей – экстремал)

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  • July 29, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    Агафья молодец.! 5 миллионов просмотров не русскими.!!!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 9:11 am
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    It only happened 2 times.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    That poor dog…..so sad 😞

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  • August 1, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    esta vieja tenía un supermercado
    a la vuelta de la esquina

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  • August 1, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    I can't help but laugh at the guy in red plaid. Dude's in a forest and he's trying to use a Swede Saw as a walking stick.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    we only know what we know. corruption is accepted or prayed on then denied.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 1:30 am
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    Any one see the other documentary?..

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  • August 3, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    She puts the Lord first, as it should be.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    I feel sorry for the dog always tied up…so sad

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  • August 4, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    It's pronounced, "TAY gaa".

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  • August 5, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    Es verdad, inspira sencillez, amor y temor de Dios. cuantas ganas de conocer a ella y el lugar en donde vive aunque parece tan inhóspito pero hermoso 😏🙏🙏😍

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  • August 5, 2019 at 11:18 am
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    The cat is climbing of her body so cute

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  • August 5, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    Ojala a Agafia la puedan ayudar ya ha sufrido tanto al perder su flia y quedarse sola y al señor que vive cercs de ella se merecen vivir dignamente y que la puedan operar a Agafia de ese tumor

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  • August 6, 2019 at 9:34 am
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    What the heck! 😥😢

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  • August 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • August 7, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Inspiring woman

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  • August 8, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    G0D BLess You Agafia

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  • August 8, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    HER SOUL AND HEART WAS POLISHED BY HOLY SPIRIT, GOD AND HER BELIEVES. PURE LOVE HAS SHE INSIDE HER AND PURENESS. I HOPE THAT ONE DAY THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL BE LIKE AGAFIA LYKOV !!!! LORD BLESS HER !

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  • August 8, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    She cut his leg off yo……

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  • August 9, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    People still live in wooden houses with no central heating in the countryside and gather their own wood and grow their own vegetables in every country in the world. She is an extremely resilient person, but to me, she is not really much more remarkable than a lonely pensioner living in the far countryside in a wooden house.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 4:46 am
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    This is what a REAL CHRISTIAN is. Not all the fake, American, Christian, garbage.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    From what she was saying it sounds like Yerofei is a piece of shit and honestly she should just whack him and put him out in the wilderness and let nature eat him. I mean honestly who would come look for that old ungrateful piece of shit. From the get go 1st I was thinking what a lousy bum having this lady tend to your every need while she's already surviving on her own and has to do her own work and then later on find out that he probly sexually assaulted her and then tried to blackmail her. The way I was raised you always respect women and if anything the man always does his part and always tries to take care of a woman no matter the situation even if he has one leg And if you have one leg and can't survive on your home why the hell would you live out in the middle of nowhere…. but then to find out that he possibly did something to her just drives me nuts! She is a very strong woman but you can hear in her voice when she was describing the situation you can hear the hurt in her voice sounded like she was about to cry and that she was trying not to break down. Here she is in the wilderness all by herself living in her form of Nirvana and out of nowhere here comes this outsider guy and next thing you know hes like holding her hostage and vice is doing a documentary on her and doesn't call him out?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    Thank you, Agafia, for being the faithful person you are! Btw. she is NOT alone when she is so much in the company of the Presence through her prayers. May this continue, you being with the Presence and the Presence with you!

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    She’s all human. But We are merging with technology. It’s fine though, it’ll be fine.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    What a brave woman a true survivor God bless you

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    Райад в человечестве во всей своей красе.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    Teach her to train that dog, don't let him be on the chain for the rest of his life.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    I think she gets sick every time she enters a city, because her immune system is not used to the bacteria and viruses that other people carry around.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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    Can Vice please go back to making cool documentaries like this one again?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    Remember when Vice made content like this? Sad what they’ve become.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    Hola estimadas (os) amigas(os).
    Quisiera saber si alguien sabe algo de Agafia, si aún nos acompaña en esta vida,
    (sería una bendición ) o tal vez ya esta junto a Dios.
    Puede que haya algunas respuestas sobre ella pero no entiendo nada de Inglés.
    Gracias
    Saludos desde CHILE

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  • August 19, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    I loveeee her being soul and heart ❤️ like my elders . AND IMAGINE WHAT SHhe sawww jesssh and the booook I would die to get my hands on it 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙇🏾‍♀️❤️

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  • August 20, 2019 at 7:59 am
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    The lady bashes everything about modern science but how do you think they got that helicopter worth of supplies to you lol

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    The neighbor predator dude seems so sketchy when talking about how the family died… Makes me wonder…

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  • August 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    To there in the summer!!!

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  • August 20, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    Cabbage on the forehead, it'll save your life!

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  • August 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    Taiga cleanses the soul!

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  • August 21, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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    If i ever have a kid(girl) ill name her agafia

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  • August 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    A true woman, a true FEMINIST, a human being that doesn't need the company of another, a person who is 100% independent, a TRUE woman that doesn't need the protection nor the love of a fucking man. My respects to her!!

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  • August 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    0:11 The sound of crimson ninroot in Skyrim.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    Agafia doesnt even know the u.s.s.r.has collapsed

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Hermoso documental. Gran trabajo!

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  • August 25, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Jára Cimrman žije.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 4:28 am
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    This woman never had any money and still lives her life brimful. If tomorrow lets say "one big city" looses power, all the lives in "the city" will be greatly endangered, not her`s, not at her place. The simplicity – happiness is not in things you have or you think you have, but on how little you need to survive.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    One in aprox 140 people found out worth their effort to give this rather beautiful report, with its meditative music, a like… and a surprisingly high number gave it a thumbs-down – many more than could be explained away by scrolling errors. I find it hard to understand

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  • August 26, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    That life appeals to me.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 11:25 am
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    70 years of age, has a mouth full of teeth…hair isn't even close to white..If she's the one doing it wrong, why is she in better shape than most 50 yos living in the cities?

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    i wanna see her house in google map..man ist haard to spot..big ups for this women,very inspiring

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  • August 28, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Amei a estória e a pessoa de Agafia. Me identifiquei também.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    SHE IS THE SAINT AND SHE IS THE ANGEL OF EARTH

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  • August 29, 2019 at 6:01 am
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    You just know that puss reeks like PURE EVIL. like the plague.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 6:22 am
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    They put cabbage on my forhead and that saved me. What a queen lmao.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    16:25 "The secret to survival is really simple: every day, routine hard work"

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  • August 30, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    north face product placement there i c

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  • August 30, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    bet they got breaths like fucking tigers

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  • August 30, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    Mother Abigail from The Stand

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  • August 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    What a soul she has

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  • August 30, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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    Is anybody checking up on her. Things are changing. I'm worried about her.

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  • August 31, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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    That's so tragic about the 3 kids who all died within weeks of eachother

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  • September 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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    You the one who bought that goat I saw from the other YouTube channel…god bless this channel.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 2:09 am
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    I'm Russian and I understand 30% of what she is saying.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 7:33 am
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    listen to her chants starting at 11:14, compare with this starting at 2:05 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ8CLL6ucy4

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:04 am
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    Dam she fr fr playing minecraft

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  • September 3, 2019 at 9:05 am
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    I hope that man is already dead (and Agafia killed him). Bastard rapist go hell!!!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    Hey Vladimir Putin…….from your 370 Billion dlls you have in your personal bank account the least you can do is built this woman a good cabin for her, don't be so fucking Greedy and asshole, once you die you wont take anything.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    I must say that this film was extremely interesting and a rewarding experience to view. I am also a Christian with a deep (inside) strength given to me at an early age by Christ my Lord and Savior. The struggles that this woman and her other group members endured throughout her/their lives while living and surviving in this remote part of the world shows that a strong willed and healthy person can live without seeing another human being for over 27 years. Her Christian beliefs and her praying whenever she had the time gave her strength and hope to survive in this extremely remote part of the world alone. Loved her and the film of which I would enjoy viewing another one if ever made available. AMEN

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Though her life is interesting, I think she is a bit deluded about apocalypse, religion and such topics

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    most beautiful smile i ever have seen in my life. lady is like an angel out there.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:47 am
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    It would have been great to learn how she survived all this time. What does she eat? How does she bear the cold? Shower? Is it ever warm there? Does she make her clothes? Does she ever regret not having children? Yadda yadda. ..

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  • September 6, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    Oh my word, she reminds me of my grandmother so much it's uncanny and I love it.

    PS I'm Native American

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    wow.. her family died because they got pneumonia from outsiders (geologists)

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    One of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever heard. Very motivating. Shows how easy we have it.

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