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Abandoned Village in the Urals: Country for Old Men

Today "one-person villages" are not uncommon. Garipovka is a village in the Urals and Ivan Volegov is the only dweller: the last but not the least.
By Sergey Poteryaev, special to RBTH
Garipovka is a village in Sverdlovsk Oblast in the Urals, not far from Yekaterinburg.
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Sergey Poteryaev

Garipovka is a village in Sverdlovsk Oblast in the Urals, not far from Yekaterinburg.
All that’s known is that it lies close to Staroutkinsk on the Darya river.

Sergey Poteryaev

All that’s known is that it lies close to Staroutkinsk on the Darya river.
It’s so small and unremarkable that maps don’t bother marking it.

Sergey Poteryaev

It’s so small and unremarkable that maps don’t bother marking it.
In 1670-75 a small settlement sprang up at the mouth of the Darya river that later spawned the factory town of Demidovaya Utka (as Staroutkinsk was previously called).

Sergey Poteryaev

In 1670-75 a small settlement sprang up at the mouth of the Darya river that later spawned the factory town of Demidovaya Utka (as Staroutkinsk was previously called).
Unremarkable it may be for some, but not for him.

Sergey Poteryaev

Unremarkable it may be for some, but not for him.
Ivan Volegov is the only inhabitant of Garipovka.

Sergey Poteryaev

Ivan Volegov is the only inhabitant of Garipovka.
Prior to retirement he worked for Staroutkinsk Metallurgical Plant.

Sergey Poteryaev

Prior to retirement he worked for Staroutkinsk Metallurgical Plant.
Now his life is spent reminiscing, tending to vegetables, and paying walking visits to former colleagues, who live 7 km from Garipovka.

Sergey Poteryaev

Now his life is spent reminiscing, tending to vegetables, and paying walking visits to former colleagues, who live 7 km from Garipovka.
But he has no desire to move closer to family and friends: “This is where I was born and where I’ll die. Garipovka’s my motherland. Without me it simply won’t exist.”

Sergey Poteryaev

But he has no desire to move closer to family and friends: “This is where I was born and where I’ll die. Garipovka’s my motherland. Without me it simply won’t exist.”
Unfortunately, given the pace of urban agglomeration these days, "one-person villages" are not altogether uncommon.

Sergey Poteryaev

Unfortunately, given the pace of urban agglomeration these days, "one-person villages" are not altogether uncommon.
August 19, 2014
Tags: Russian regions, yekaterinburg, village

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