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In 1978 a Russian helicopter was flying over the Abakan region…

In 1978 a Russian helicopter was flying over the Abakan region of Siberia, scouting for a landing spot for a team of geologists, when they saw a clearing and signs of human habitation on a mountainside 150 miles from the closest settlement.

When the geologists landed and approached the location, they came upon the cabin pictured above. In the words of one of the scientists:

The low door creaked, and the figure of a very old man emerged into the light of day, straight out of a fairy tale. Barefoot. Wearing a patched and repatched shirt made of sacking. He wore trousers of the same material, also in patches, and had an uncombed beard. His hair was disheveled. He looked frightened and was very attentive…. We had to say something, so I began: ‘Greetings, grandfather! We’ve come to visit!’

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