2017-06-13 10:00:00

Siberian Old Believers teach Chinese offices to survive in taiga

Novosibirsk, June 13, Interfax - A military delegation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has undergone a source of training for the special task force and alpines of the Russian army with instructors from a local Old Believer community on the foothill of Western Sayan on the border of Tuva and the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the press service for the Central Military District said.

A group of PLA offices was brought by helicopters to the training center Yergaki, received Russian equipment and landed in the middle altitude in the taiga, where cell communications and other blessings of civilization do not work and where snow lies for some nine months a year.

"The Old Believers taught the Chinese guests basic skills of surviving in the wild nature of Siberia: how to navigate the terrain, climb rocks and cross gorges and water obstacles, get fire, food and drinking water, organize a stay for the night, and give first medical aid. The Chinese servicemen especially liked fishing using an improvised ledger tackle, which they used to fish several burbots from a taiga river," the report said.

The PLA visit, which lasted one week, was organized in accordance of the Russian Defense Ministry's international activities plan for 2017.

South Siberian Old Believers are skillful pathfinders, hunters and good economic people. They have lived by themselves, passing their traditions from generation to generation, for over three centuries.