12 Family of Russian Old Believers

Family of Russian Old Believers

Posted on November 10, 2015 by tim


Dersu is a small village on the Russian Pacific coast. It consists mainly of Russian old believers. They are people of strict religious beliefs which prohibits them from using modern day technologies, wearing modern clothes and so on. Let’s see how they live there – thanks to an awesome blogger Alex H. who published these photos!

Alex went there with some other people who brought humanitarian aid with them. Mostly food – for people and livestock, like a hundred live chickens, and food for them. They packed it all in boxes like this:

Most of the food and chickens were donated by local businesses.

The road to the old believers’ village is very bad so they were afraid they wouldn’t be able to reach them in their small truck.

But they were surprised that the road conditions were not too bad and they reached them in time:

The morning in old believers’ house starts very early. The grown ups wake up first: mother goes to cook the breakfast meal, father wakes up kids.  Everyone in the family must work hard and have something to do during the working day, so they have to eat a good meal in the morning.

Even the smallest kids work.

In the morning all males, including the smallest ones, left the house and went to help their father, so Alex took photos of the ladies. This one is Salomania.

Evgenia.

Ulinia.

Neonila.

Olga.

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12 Responses to “Family of Russian Old Believers”

  1. Vijay says:

    Amazing Blog Very well done !! These people promote peace and help bring all of humanity together in today’s world filled with selfishness and hate. It was very nice of the Russian Govt. to give them incentives to move back to such an amazing life style. Will pray for all the families of old Russian Believers in Jesus Name.

  2. Vijay says:

    Question: Are Radio’s, cell phones and mp3 players ok for the Old Believers. These people are like the Amish and Mennonites in North America.

    The one thing about technology is it depends on how it is used and not in itself evil. So it depends on the purpose TV and computers are used. Killers have stored body parts etc., in refrigerators, this doesn’t mean that refrigerators are bad for eg., If used for the intent of bringing glory to the Lord’s Kingdom for eg., like using a PC to share sermons or Video Conference with old believers still in Bolivia and elsewhere far, then this will be excellent !! Lord is good, I hope he guides them in positive manners to use most Modern Technology to bring glory to his Kingdom.

  3. Muzzlehatch says:

    Sort of like the Amish in America.

  4. L. Tuggle says:

    Wonderful photo essay. Felt like being there to see it myself. Thank you Alex for showing a different way of life.
    I hope to see others like this one.

  5. Vijay says:

    This blog made me research old believers on net. It is interesting to note that some of them exist even today in North and South America.

  6. Martinus van Brederode says:

    Beautiful photogography, thank you.
    The Old Believers have a long history, interesting to see how they still maintain their religion and way of life.

  7. don says:

    Interesting: They are emigrants to Russia from an Old Believer community in Bolivia.

    Also while they have been compared to the Amish, unlike the Amish the can own automobiles, tractors and have modern appliances refrigerators and washing machines.

  8. alsm74 says:

    I like these kerzhaks (old believers) very much. They are very healthy (mentally and phisically) people.

  9. EditS says:

    Lovely blog , very interesting!

  10. JP says:

    My wife and I met Old Believers near Arhivpovka in the Russian Far East. It was very interesting to learn about their daily life and culture. They had hand-made items for sale. Interestingly, they had moved there from St Petersburg and decided to make a new life as Old Believers (I suspect they were something like new age “minimalists” in the USA.) Anyway, they were very friendly and cooked some mean food!

  11. EditS says:

    amazing pictures and very good blog, thanks for sharing with us!

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