YUKHOVICHI, Belarus (Reuters) – Tamara and Yuri Baikov knew it was time to maneuver away from their village when considered one of their geese wandered right into a neighbor’s plot of land, solely to return with a wire intentionally threaded by its beak.
The Nishcha River is seen close to the village of Yukhovichi, Belarus, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
Since then, the husband and spouse have lived for greater than 1 / 4 of a century in a primitive hut in a forest in northeastern Belarus, near the Russian border.
“There are no people – there is no conflict,” stated Tamara Baikov, who says she loves weeding her vegetable patch and would relatively plow a hectare of land than enterprise to a metropolis.
Life is straightforward for the 2 69-year-olds. There is no electrical energy, in order that they learn by torchlight. They take the water they want from the river and cook dinner with a wood-burning range.
Their chickens and geese present them with meat and eggs. Their goats give them milk and cottage cheese. Manure is their solely fertilizer for rising potatoes and greens.
Daughter Veronika is their fundamental contact with the skin world. She brings any further provides they could want from a retailer, and likewise sells their produce to generate some revenue.
“Our Veronika sells all this in neighboring Russia. Plus a pension, we have enough to live on,” Yuri stated. “We cannot leave our animals and birds even for a day – and we don’t want to.”
They dwell on a small farm they constructed in 1992. The nearest Belarussian village, Yukhovichi, is 15 km (9 miles) away, whereas Russia is a number of hundred meters throughout the river.
They used to dwell in Yukhovichi as farmers, conserving cows and poultry. But dwelling close to different folks didn’t swimsuit them — the injured duck was one instance.
In late 1991, the native authorities gave them a bit of land in the forest and one evening in May 1992, they left along with Veronika, 5 cows, some groceries, instruments and nails.
They spent the primary few nights underneath a linden tree, overlaying themselves in plastic sheets for heat.
Veronika grew up and finally moved past the river to a village in Russia known as Davostsy. She now has a 16-year-old daughter of her personal known as Angelina.
Tamara and Yuri stayed in the cramped hut that was initially meant as a short lived shelter. They had deliberate to construct a correct home, however an absence of cash and bureaucratic hassles prevented them from doing so.
They prefer to take heed to Russian radio stations to maintain up with world information. But largely they benefit from the solitude.
“Silence is very good – only grandma is not silent, she talks a lot,” Yuri joked, referring to his spouse.
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Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Alison Williams