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Modern Robinson Crusoe from a Russian village

By Gazeta Russa
Nikolai Ivanov is one of the few residents of the village of Tokarikha in the Tver region, which  is in about 350 km from Moscow  (on the route Moscow – Saint-Petersburg).
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Julia Smorodova

Nikolai Ivanov is one of the few residents of the village of Tokarikha in the Tver region, which is in about 350 km from Moscow (on the route Moscow – Saint-Petersburg).
When you arrived in Tokarikha, you realize that you would be coming there again and again. Something got you hooked. It's as if you had been looking for the living depiction of the modern village and had now found it.

Julia Smorodova

When you arrived in Tokarikha, you realize that you would be coming there again and again. Something got you hooked. It's as if you had been looking for the living depiction of the modern village and had now found it.
Nikolai and other rare villagers today are people who live on the edge of society.

Julia Smorodova

Nikolai and other rare villagers today are people who live on the edge of society.
As the pace of life increased, they were forgotten and left to live out their days, but no other existence would suit them. Here you cannot help but see things through very different eyes.

Julia Smorodova

As the pace of life increased, they were forgotten and left to live out their days, but no other existence would suit them. Here you cannot help but see things through very different eyes.
The feeling arises of being somewhere outside of time, in a complex mixture of details, objects, and contradictions.

Julia Smorodova

The feeling arises of being somewhere outside of time, in a complex mixture of details, objects, and contradictions.
In the village of Tokarikha, there has been no electricity for a long time and it seems there never will be.

Julia Smorodova

In the village of Tokarikha, there has been no electricity for a long time and it seems there never will be.
Away from the bustle of the city, the village, which once numbered 300 houses, is now home to only four. Local authorities must seek an answer to the question: do these people live or survive?

Julia Smorodova

Away from the bustle of the city, the village, which once numbered 300 houses, is now home to only four. Local authorities must seek an answer to the question: do these people live or survive?
In winter, for example, the road — their only connection with civilization — remains permanently snowed up.

Julia Smorodova

In winter, for example, the road — their only connection with civilization — remains permanently snowed up.
In the evenings, Tokarikhans light a kerosene lamp and drink tea from a samovar, not to treat guests, but because that’s the way they know. The ebb and flow of life is elusive to visitors here for just one day.

Julia Smorodova

In the evenings, Tokarikhans light a kerosene lamp and drink tea from a samovar, not to treat guests, but because that’s the way they know. The ebb and flow of life is elusive to visitors here for just one day.
It is a different kind of existence that can, perhaps, be perceived on the third day, falling asleep to the crackle of opera on the radio.

Julia Smorodova

It is a different kind of existence that can, perhaps, be perceived on the third day, falling asleep to the crackle of opera on the radio.
But even then, you know the feeling is temporary, that you will return to the city, and everything will be as before. And here these people will remain.

Julia Smorodova

But even then, you know the feeling is temporary, that you will return to the city, and everything will be as before. And here these people will remain.
Nikolai was born in Tokarikha. He returned to the village after serving in the Navy and has been living here for eleven years.

Julia Smorodova

Nikolai was born in Tokarikha. He returned to the village after serving in the Navy and has been living here for eleven years.
With a little help of his wife Natalia Nikolai Ivanov runs his household.

Julia Smorodova

With a little help of his wife Natalia Nikolai Ivanov runs his household.
They cultivate some vegetables and even have got an apiary.

Julia Smorodova

They cultivate some vegetables and even have got an apiary.
In his free time he writes stories about the coexistence of humans and animals, and draws a lot.

Julia Smorodova

In his free time he writes stories about the coexistence of humans and animals, and draws a lot.
Another curious detail is that for the last 11 years he crafts wooden musical instruments, like gusli, and paints them in the style of lacquer miniatures.

Julia Smorodova

Another curious detail is that for the last 11 years he crafts wooden musical instruments, like gusli, and paints them in the style of lacquer miniatures.
Then you realize that it is in fact our own time, and these people, our contemporaries at world’s end, live in a village with no electricity, but are able to be happy.

Julia Smorodova

Then you realize that it is in fact our own time, and these people, our contemporaries at world’s end, live in a village with no electricity, but are able to be happy.
January 16, 2013
Tags: Russian regions, lifestyle

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