After the discovery, the Lykov family became famous in Russia, but finding out the place was still as communist as ever, they decided to stay in the wilderness. Sadly, over the next few years, nearly all the Lykovs died, with Karp croaking a mere year before the Soviet Union finally crumbled. Some claim their demise was because of the germs the geologists had brought with them, though years of starvation and living in a frozen hellscape with the closest thing to medicine being goat spit probably didn't help their odds. However, the youngest Lykov, Agafia, is still around and living in the harsh taiga, though she did have a wild trip back to civilization when she had to be airlifted to a hospital because of a leg injury. She did return to the wilderness as soon as possible -- not because of any communists, but because she thought that supermarket bar codes were "the Antichrist stamp." Like they say, once you eat shoe, no more civilization for you.
For more on the Lykov family, check out Lost In The Taiga.
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