Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Let’s continue our journey along Evenkiya, this time we’ll visit Baikit, 600 km away from Vanavara.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Baikit is 670 km away from Krasnoyarsk

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Planes fly here three times a week

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Today about 4000 people live in Baikit.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

The village was founded in 1927. Before the territory development here lived not numerous aboriginal people: Evenks and Ostyaks.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Nowadays 400 aboriginal Evenks inhabit Baikit. Most of the locals go hunting and fishing though many of them work at schools, hospitals etc.
There are no good roads here. In winter ice roads can save but in summer some places cannot be reached even by an offroad vehicle.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

That is why most of the people have boats. The Tunguska river is a more reliable traffic artery than taiga.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

But they need cars anyway, boats cannot be transported without them.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

The local climate is severe, in winter the temperature is often below 50C. But the locals have got used to it.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Electric power is very expensive.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

The roads are all gravel.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Locals envy Tura, asphalt has appeared there recently.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

In summer it’s so dusty so they need to water the roads…

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

The Baikitik river

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

The village has a water supply system, but locals have only cold water in summer and only hot one in winter.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Wooden planking for pedestrians.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Thanks to them locals may wear something but rubber boots.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Prices are a bit higher than in Krasnoyarsk. Most products are delievered to the village twice a year – in the end of spring and over the ice road in winter. Everything that demands plane trasportation is much more expensive.

Public transport is represented by buses that arrive hourly.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Bus stops have turned for drinking places.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

They have one channel of 1Mb/s Internet connection provided by an uplink. They do not even dream about unlimited Internet.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Temple being built

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Dogs are seldom leashed

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Good dogs are highly estimated

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

People make greenhouses to grow something.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

There are aparts houses here too.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Though toilets are outside anyway

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Evenks are getting addicted to alcohol very fast…

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Some houses are abandoned.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Some playgrounds are quite good

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Hotel

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Kindergarten. Though money for its repair is provided it is spent for something else…

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

The building is very shabby

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Children are not allowed on the porch cause it may collapse.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Hospital has similar problems

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

It’s hard to attract good specialists to work here.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Professional school

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

It’s the only place where youngsters may get professional education. Graduates may become transmission equipment adjusters, cooks, drill-operators assistants.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Teenagers from neighbouring villages come to study here too. But teachers don’t earn much – about $500 monthly.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Job centre is in a private house being let on lease.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Young people who have no education cannot find a job. So many of them prefer to go to Krasnoyarsk to study.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Some people work on a rotational basis at oil-wells. Though locals are not welcomed there.

Anna works in a museum and as a teacher at school.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

Graduates are going to leave.

Forgotten North Land: Baikit

They see no perspectives here at all.

Location: Baikit

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3 thoughts on “Forgotten North Land: Baikit”

  1. cheers Ashley, another little Englander comment from the Tory spawning ground for toffs that is Surrey…..

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