In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

In one Soviet film, the main “anti-hero” of the picture re-named the words of a famous song: “I am going, and I am going for money, and only fools are going after the fog”. Now, in essence, this is the motto of our time, the rule of the majority. The money pilgrimage from the province to the megalopolises does not weaken, until the hand of the giver is impoverished. However, the "fools" are still there. Those who leave for the villages.

They are perceived as cranks, people are not of this world. In part, somewhere it is - the romance of native expanses has always been considered the lot of either creative or downshifters, who have never been "their" in cities. But now the “normal” were pulled to the ground: those with careers, offices, businesses and other attributes of successful city life. Some of my very wealthy acquaintances are now being built who are on Onega, who are in Kostroma, who are in Vologda. No, no, there are no “castles” and hunting grounds, everything is fair, according to the source code of the Russian North: good-quality log houses and land for plowing. And here already and the creative class slowly reached Russia.So far, so carefully, on a rotational basis, retaining signs of the Moscow way of life and declaring the goals of cultural pollination of the “backward” regions in this sense.

And recently, one of my friends, a successful young Muscovite, in the past, a top manager of a multi-brand retailer, and now co-owner of several city cafes, announced his intention to leave these shores. To talk about the reasons for this decision, and most importantly about the presentation of its consequences, plans and dreams, risks and opportunities, we met one summer evening in my friend's cafe (at his request, the interview is published without specifying a name and other personal data).

To be honest, I am very surprised by your decision ... Some of my friends recently left Moscow, but they did not move, but “returned” to their hometowns. And you, a native Muscovite, you can say "flesh and flesh," as so?

This is probably due to my character more. The city, its lifestyle, this eternal movement is not for me. I'm not a fan of a lot of people around.

It is strange to hear from a person whose projects, business are associated with this very lifestyle.

Understand, I feel fine in the city.I am a Muscovite, I love my city very much, and I think that Moscow is a very interesting city, there is a lot going on here, a lot of interesting people and I have a really big social circle. But when you come to the opportunity to choose - to live in a city or live outside a city - I will choose the second. The patriarchal way of life is close to me — in my own home, with a large family. That is, this is not a problem in communications, I do not want to live as a hermit somewhere in the North, in a hut in the wake, but I do not want to live in a concrete box, apart from the earth, from nature.

At a certain age you have to make a choice. In my opinion, the metropolis - it is unnatural. And this is not only my opinion, it has already been proven by many studies that all these urban conglomerations are all artificially created, by people and for people whose goal is only money, career, etc.

Photos of Elena Shumilova - her two sons in the lap of her native nature in the Andreapolsky district of the Tver region, where Elena has her own small farm, gained international fame by typing 10 million views on the Boredpanda website

 

But for you personally, it's not about research. Is it just your need now?

Yes of course.

That is, how do you imagine that? House, land, household, with all the attributes of the old Russian way of a townsman?

Required. At least partially to start. But not in the garden partnership on 8 acres, in the house of standard equipment. What is there to do? I dream of something closer to the village. There is a need to work "hands" to their farm, albeit small at first. I understand perfectly well the so-called “farmers” of the first wave, who have now gone “to the ground” and are doing their own production: cheese, sausages, and other different things. This is very cool, I think.

Pavel Abramov is a graduate of the Faculty of Geography of Moscow State University, a bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Athens as part of the Russian national volleyball team, and now is the founder of the Black Bread company. In the Tula region, 12 types of grain crops (wheat, spelled, rye, oats, barley, spelled and others) are grown in the farm of Pavel.

 

Have any of your friends already left?

Personally, in my environment, there are no such people, only at the level of intentions. But I regularly meet such examples - I read on Facebook or in the media, and it is clear that this movement is already underway. Some of my friends moved to town houses or houses near Moscow for 6 acres.So far, so that every day to go to Moscow, but I do not exclude that this is the first step to then go further.

What are the “requirements” for your new place of residence?

In my opinion, there are two ways: either such cities as Chernogolovka, Dubna, Soviet science cities, where everything is wonderfully wonderful, but history does not feel there, or our ancient, “cultural-historical” places. Of course, the second is closer to me - cities like Suzdal, Uglich, Pereslavl, where you still feel the spirit of antiquity. Remoteness from Moscow, in my case, does not matter. Moscow is developing at such a pace that everything in the region of 30 kilometers is felt as a sleeping area of ​​the capital. We are looking at options from 100 kilometers to feel that we have already changed something. That life, which I mean to myself, it already somewhere beyond 150 kilometers begins. We choose from the cities of the Golden Ring, we are hardly ready to go any further. I like Uglich and Pereslavl, my friends live there, have been to them many times. Or the Tver region, in the Torzhok region, also visited the villages there.

Torzhok. The first chronicle mention of the city dates back to 1139.

 

This is about the place, but what about the people? Still, your environment will change greatly, you have to understand.

This is the most difficult question in this matter.And in one week you will not decide it: he came, talked, went to barbecues and now you are already friends. This is at least a year to get to know people, get used to it. I have no fear that the neighbors will be village, although there are many different stories too: what’s hard with them, what is alcohol and so on ... So, if there are obvious reasons - people drink, then this option disappears immediately. And then - the creative class or the workers' and peasants, I do not care. The main thing is that without “high fences”, so that there is “open space”, there are common processes, and so that they can participate. I want to help with local work, for example, to create some kind of history together. This is, of course, difficult, but I’m not afraid to live in a “test” mode, and if after a year I realize that the place is not mine, it doesn’t add up with people, something hinders, then you can move. I do not have this - just settle down and that's it. But, this is while we are without children, of course. When children come, it will be a completely different story.

Eugene Kharkiv - a former lawyer, created his own company Badgers Wood, manufacturing furniture for dogs. He moved to live and work in the Tver region, where Eugene has his own house, workshop and a small farm.

 

That is, at this stage, in terms of children's infrastructure: hospitals, schools, nurseries, you do not appreciate the place?

It is everywhere now, I think. Here Pereslavl, for example, is indicative, in my opinion. Plus, we have such an option - to settle the parents next to us in the village, they, in principle, are not against us to leave. Then it’s quite a wonderful story when you live in a provincial town, and your parents are in a village. Every weekend, the whole family can gather for lunch, and for children the grandmother is always there.

Have you already asked the price?

While not viewed in detail. I suppose that it is possible to meet the amount from a million to two. In Uglich, for example, for this money you can find a nice wooden house with the earth, well-groomed, almost in the center. In general, I must say that people feel great there, everyone has a job, there are a lot of tourists in the city, and there is no such thing that everyone runs to Moscow. It seems to me that in any city of the Golden Ring, the so-called middle class feels quite well.

From the Editor: We asked about the sale of houses in Uglich on the Internet, we publish for example one of the options. "House for sale in the center of Uglich (st.October 26/1) with a land plot of 12.3 acres (permitted use: for maintenance of an individual residential building) 400 meters from the central square of the city, 200 meters from the Alekseevsky Monastery. Near the central market and bus station. The log house, chopped, stands on a strip foundation, covered with slate, consists of three rooms, a hallway and a kitchen. The total area of ​​the house is 53 square meters. The furnace was dismantled in connection with the repairs being carried out. ”Cost: 1,200,000 rubles.

By the way, about work. Have you already thought about this?

I see my work there as a private business: open a cafe, for example. Investments, in principle, small. Another question is how much people need it there. Very interesting agriculture. I want to try to build my life in such a way as to be as independent as possible from stores, that is, to live in my own household. I think this is quite real. Why not? We are now in Moscow, the parents with their vegetables from the cottage provide something for the winter canned, and we have enough. And even if a dacha covers half of the needs, then on your own land, take, not only carrots, squash, plant cabbage, but build a chicken house - here you have eggs and meat.

This is another very important reason for our departure, because anything can happen, and if tomorrow, as a city dweller, you are left without money, then this will practically mean the end. What, begging to go? And you will live on earth anyway. Of course, it all depends on the needs, but here I do not have the habit of glamming. Again, I speak from the perspective of a person who is not burdened with children at the moment, as there will be when there are children, let's see.

It seems to me that children are just the main stumbling block of departure from the metropolis. In particular, their education.

I am sure that in our small provincial cities, education, at least, secondary or pre-school, is definitely not worse than in Moscow. In Moscow, young teachers have already come to schools, with certain values ​​and world outlook, “consumer”, so to speak. And in the provinces, I think, teachers of the “old school” still remain. So, not scared. Examples of mass. The same Boris Akimov (head of the cooperative Lavkalavka, approx.). I subscribed to him on Facebook, I read regularly. The man lives in the village, his large farm, local already attracted to the construction of the farm, creates jobs.But he has four children, and nothing ... It is clear that Boris has a successful business in Moscow, he does not need money, but he nevertheless builds a whole story around him in the village. In this regard, great respect to him. And I've seen in his tape (facebook, note) that he and his family go there for all church holidays, and this is a person, as it were, one of the hipsters, from a certain get-together, but he is not afraid to spread it, to talk about This, congratulate all with Orthodox holidays. I respect him very much for this, and for the “propaganda” of a certain way of life in general.

Boris Akimov is the founder of the farm cooperative LavkaLavka, and more recently the host of the “Rural Morning” program on the Russia channel. The first release of the program, Boris dedicated the story about his own farm.

Are you going to bring up children in the Orthodox tradition?

Yes, definitely. The fact that my children have to go to Sunday school is not even discussed. And with this just in those places that we are considering, there are no problems. In Uglich 30 temples, good parishes, and all this within walking distance. Or in the same Pereslavl. And this is a very big help to the newcomer at first, you can go to the father, ask for advice: who does what, who can help with this or with this, how best to act, etc.Because in such places the priests just cement people.

And how is your church life in Moscow now taking shape?

For the time being on a territorial basis. Now, for example, I go to the temple in Strogino, we recently moved. I am personally not one of those who choose a temple according to the principle: like it or not, beautifully is not beautiful, or because of the “oldness” of the temple, the atmosphere. Plus, I don't have a confessor, and that's another story. A friend of mine always went to the temple on Chistye Prudy, where his confessor served, and now the priest was transferred to Konkovo, and now he goes there. The parishes in Moscow are growing noticeably, and in Strogino we also have a “socially active” parish, which I really like. Excursions, Greek lessons, master classes ... Surprisingly there is everything, even its own football team for children. There are a lot of people there, including the young, everyone gathers, communicates. And this is despite the fact that there is no temple as such - just a tent stands, and the construction of a church is near. We recently went to public hearings about the construction of a new temple near our house. For me, this was the first experience of “popular” discussion. Listen, this is a nightmare! On the left were those who are against the temple, and on the right those who are "for". And it's like two different people! Amazing.Once again, I became convinced that the so-called “atheist-minded” even look differently, from them the other energy comes from, the negative. And this is despite the fact that, as an alternative, the construction of a high-rise one or a shopping center was discussed. It would seem, obviously, the advantage of building a temple, is not there, it’s still against.

Do you travel in holy places?

Optina deserts first. The first trip there was almost accidental. My friend has a brother there in the brethren, they went to visit him. Now I go every year. I try two times, but on a passionate week is necessary. Pskovo-Pechora Monastery made a great impression. Savvino-Storozhevsky monastery in Zvenigorod. I really want to Diveevo, Solovki, Balaam. Yes, where many want to go. Somehow I dream of a whole month to devote only to this - a pilgrimage. Moreover, for a Russian person from time immemorial it was almost a matter of life.

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    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov

    In the village, in the wilderness, but at least in Saratov