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Man Discovered After Two Months In World's Coldest Populated Area

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Man Discovered After Two Months In World's Coldest Populated Area

A man has been discovered alive after mysteriously disappearing in Siberia for two months.

Perhaps even stranger is the fact that this isn't the first time he's gone walkabout around that part of the world.

45-year-old Yegor Krivoshapkin was frostbitten but still alive after two months in an area of Russia known as the 'ice kingdom', the coldest populated area in the world.

It's so desolate and tough out there that the rescue team who had been sent to look for him gave up hope.

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Then, the father-of-three turned up about 190 miles from his last known whereabouts in Yakutia, the aforementioned 'ice kingdom'.

He's gone missing before, and keeps showing back up. Credit: East2West News
He's gone missing before, and keeps showing back up. Credit: East2West News

Not only is it absolutely freezing around there, it's also populated by brown bears and wolves, all of whom would think nothing of attacking and killing a weakened human wandering aimlessly around.

Still, no-one knows how the reindeer herder managed to survive out there, and he can't even say how he survived or even where he was during that time.

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So, the story goes that he went off the grid in August, at which point the weather might not have been too bad, by their standards.

However, when he was discovered, the temperatures might have been getting down towards -20C.

Some local reports suggest that he could have survived if he found a consignment of tinned food that was dropped during the days of the Soviet Union to aid reindeer herders through an emergency.

The search team presumed he was dead. Credit: East2West News
The search team presumed he was dead. Credit: East2West News
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The rescuers reportedly told his family 'no-one can survive in such conditions, you need to be realistic' but they managed to keep the faith and never gave up hope of his recovery.

The family are even said to have brought in a clairvoyant called Maria Kupriyanova - though she goes by the name Sanaaya - who told them that he would be found alive on a special family day.

Yegor's sister Svetlana said: "He was found on my grandson's birthday,

"I am so grateful to her. Is it mysticism or reality?"

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Apparently, Yegor turned up in a tent that had been set up with a stove and some provisions by reindeer breeder Rodion Golikov in Verkhoyansk, which - again - is one of the coldest permanently populated places on earth.

It's a known spot used by reindeer herders, but still a long way away from where he went missing.

Then, it was five whole days before he was found and airlifted to safety by Polar Airlines.

But, he's now back home and recovering. Credit: East2West News
But, he's now back home and recovering. Credit: East2West News
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He later told Svetlana that he'd 'switched off' and 'lost his sense of reality'.

Apparently he 'slept under trees', had 'blackouts' and felt 'in oblivion'.

In July 2019, he wandered off again after getting disorientated by forest fires, that time he was away for six weeks, and rescuers again believed that bears or wolves could have got to him.

He was found again in September 2019 around 75 miles away and 'in panic' after losing his way.

Now, he recovering from frostbite in hospital, although his condition has been described as stable and he's 'able to walk'.

Featured Image Credit: East2West News

Topics: World News, Weird, Russia

Tom Wood
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