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Life alone in Tatarka, Belarus; population: 1

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Gennady Sayevich, 79, carries bundles of hay at his house in the village of Tatarka, Belarus, some 106 miles east of Minsk, Jan. 22. Sayevich, the last villager in the abandoned village, surrounded with marsh and forest, lives alone, where the nearest populated village is about 5 miles away.

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Gennady Sayevich, 79, talks with a relative on the phone in his house.

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Gennady Sayevich, 79, lights a stove in his house.