Desolation and silence, lapsided electric poles and shabby houses prove that the village was abandoned long time ago.
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.
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.
In summer people from the city come to this place to have a rest and the place wakes up slowly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neighbors are willing to live here in winter and take care of their fellow-villagers. They don’t want Valentina to stay alone.
Citizens wrote numerous letters to local authorities but nothing was done till now. One kilometer of road will cost around 700 000 US dollars.
Number of inhabitants: in 1864 – 350, 1877 – 419, 1912 – 456, 1926 – 529, 1930 – 635, 1959 – 557, 1979 – 106, 1989 – 35, 1996 – 16 villagers.
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.
Let’s save the legacy of our ancestors!