The Last Villager of Leonidovka

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Desolation and silence, lapsided electric poles and shabby houses prove that the village was abandoned long time ago.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

The road to the village goes through a shallow gulley which can be crossed only by an off-road vehicle in case of rough weather.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

In winter the road is covered with snow and can be cleared by local citizens if they need to report to the authorities that there is another deceased person in the village. There is no shop, gas, water and telephone.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

In summer people from the city come to this place to have a rest and the place wakes up slowly.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

In winter the village is inhabited only by old people the number of which is getting decreased every year. There were two of them last winter. And only one old lady will be staying here in the coming winter.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Her name is Valentina. She is the only person left in the village. She is 82 years old who never complains about her health. Every summer she is visited by her sister who helps her to plant vegetables and about the house.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Sister went back to the city two weeks ago, the neighbors are packing their things as well and very soon Valentina will stay alone waiting for the spring to come.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

She says she likes the place as she was born here. She used to have a flat in the town nearby but sold it to stay in her native place.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Last winter she had a neighbor, another old lady who died in spring. She isn’t afraid to live here and says that local authorities clean snow from her house to the railway station, so she can go to the shop and buy products she needs.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Neighbors are saying that they are ready to leave their apartments in the cities and stay in the village if only water, gas and electricity were available. They also ask to build a road that would connect the village to the shop, pharmacy and hospital. Are they asking too much? Only 2 kilometers of the road and the village will be alive.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Neighbors are willing to live here in winter and take care of their fellow-villagers. They don’t want Valentina to stay alone.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Citizens wrote numerous letters to local authorities but nothing was done till now. One kilometer of road will cost around 700 000 US dollars.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Number of inhabitants: in 1864 – 350, 1877 – 419, 1912 – 456, 1926 – 529, 1930 – 635, 1959 – 557, 1979 – 106, 1989 – 35, 1996 – 16 villagers.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Due to good ecology of the region old people here live till 90 years old. Brooks have purest water and there are lots of animals in the forests.

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Let’s save the legacy of our ancestors!

The Last Villager of Leonidovka

Location: Penza

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25 thoughts on “The Last Villager of Leonidovka”

  1. Most people do not like to leave their homes. Not that this is that “bad”, but no matter how bad it is, people just don’t like to leave. Like the people of Ethiopia. Can’t grow food, no water… people dying all day long. But still, don’t want to leave.

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  2. The locals could:
    1) Declare the village a living historical monument.
    2) Show an ongoing effort to restore it to different time periods, say 1864, the year of it’s birth, and 1940, the zenith of population boom.
    3) Charge admission to visit.
    4) Charge to camp long- term in the area.
    5) Form a “Save our Heritage” committee to direct the village’s future direction and establish credibility of the issue.
    5) Seek state subsidies to get the project underway- governments are more amenable to group pressure just to to keep them quiet…I could go on, but it’s up to the locals if they really want this to happen.

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    • They could, but there is nothing historically significant about this place nor is it anything special as far as a tourist attraction. There are slowly dying out (and already dead) villages all over Russia, Belarus, Ukraine etc. etc. just like this one.

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  3. Good God! No one lives here because of the contamination from the chemicals weapons stored and everywhere abandoned in the territory of Leonidovka! This is enormous nasty hole.

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  4. There are several places with that name, but by the description of it, my best guess is here. http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1C1GPCK_enUS414US414&gcx=w&q=Leonidovka&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wl&authuser=0

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  5. Sorry.. wrong link. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=derevnya+Leonidovka,+Tuymazinskiy+rayon,+Republic+of+Bashkortostan,+Russia&hl=en&ll=54.394651,53.570366&spn=0.094644,0.166512&geocode=FSz_PQMdJfgwAw&hnear=derevnya+Leonidovka,+Tuymazinskiy+rayon,+Republic+of+Bashkortostan,+Russia&t=m&z=13&vpsrc=0

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  6. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=leonidovka+russia&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wl

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  7. There are 7 different Leonidovkas showing up in a Google Earth search and it does not say what Oblast this Leonidovka in so for sure I ca not say.3 are in Russia and the rest in in Kazakhstan.

    I am guessing it is this one:Lenidovka,Republic of Bashkortostan,Russia.

    It that it is not too far from a larger town and this old village is a few miles away.It seems that the woman maybe has some sort of physiological reason for staying there.At least some people are willing to help her.

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    • I think not it is in a rural region obviously the city that she lived in for a time is nothing more than a small town.Like I said she has some physiological attachment to this place and cant leave.

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