At the outskirts of Aidara village a seemingly endless forest spreads out, reaching deep in the Siberian wideness. In summer times the
ground dries out – frequently forest fires arise and spread fast.
Isolated in the West Siberian plain lies Aidara. The village is only reachable by the river Ket, the passage requires attention and experience as fallen trees are often creating obstacles under the water surface. The next biggest settlement is about three hours downriver. The village of 150 inhabitants is mainly consisting of a community of Russian Orthodox Old Believers who live by the strict rules of their religion.
Russian Orthodox Old Believers see themselves as the preservers of original Orthodox traditions, after they separated from the main church as a protest against reforms in the 17th century. Due to a history of persecution in the Tsarist Russia Old Believers settled mostly in more isolated locations. Beside the faith, everyday life of Aidara’s inhabitants consists of exhausting agricultural work on the fields and in their gardens – their sustenance is almost self-sufficient.
At the outskirts of Aidara village a seemingly endless forest spreads out, reaching deep in the Siberian wideness. In summer times the ground dries out – frequently forest fires arise and grow fast. The inhabitants of the village then lay controlled backfires, in order to bring the forest fire under control and defend their village.