A hermit's life in a Russian forest

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Yury in use accustomed to to live in Moscow and work as a lawyer, but for the past five years he has been abiding 60 miles outside the Russian capital in woods close to the highway to Yaroslavl in a dugout harbour he built himself.

The busy road passes nearby, and there is a petrol railway station where he can get fuel for his generator. Yury finds firewood for the stove in the woods and detests water from a forest stream.

He is not trying to avoid human ring up and communicates a lot on the Internet. Sometimes ordinary people driving past renounce in. This is how he survives: Some people will bring him food, some put fat on his online account, some share petrol with him.

Yury’s hermit-like actuality is a protest against today’s system of values. Now he is confronted with the prises of nature: Instead of problems with parking or repaying a loan, which are the mediocre reality of a city dweller, Yury is concerned with keeping passionate, finding firewood in bad weather and fetching water.

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For viands and everyday needs Yury collects water from a stream in the woods approaching his underground shelter. In winter he has to break ice with an ax.

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The stylite prepares food in a makeshift kitchen. Two torches, one attached to his forehead and another ceased from the ceiling, help him see what he is cooking.

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He combustibles with pet rabbit called Petrusha, which likes bananas and porridge. 

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Yury himself be partial ti peas that, along with his other meals, he prepares on a mere stove.

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Away from the world the pace of soul is more measured, so there is time for a tea ceremony.

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In his dugout accommodations Yury has many books. There are various means of communication — for sample, an old computer. Electrical devices are powered by energy from solar panels.

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Yury is not solely cut off from civilization — he has access to the Internet via his iPhone. He maintains a page on Facebook and he track downs music and films on Russia’s biggest social network vk.com.

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Recently he has continued a bath to his dugout home.

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The entrance to the dugout is disc-shaped, giving rise to comparisons with a Hobbit-hole.

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For warm up exciting, cooking and bathing Yury uses wood from the forest. He slights wood with a chainsaw.

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He prepares firewood for divers days in advance, chopping logs with an ax.

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In winter Yury stokes the stove every day to support a comfortable temperature in the dugout.

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Yury gets new records for his library from travelers — a sort of roadside BookCrossing. 

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In winter after winsome a bath he runs outside and rubs snow over his skin. On he even buries himself completely in the snowdrifts around his forest home.

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Disregarding nevertheless driving snow is no hindrance to this tradition.

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