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Living In The Countryside
Article & Photography by Paul J. Hechtman
I recently had the opportunity to visit Bogatoe Russia to take photos of the village with another photographer Roman Nikulin. Roman’s uncle and aunt live in this village and we spent the evening with them and some other family
members and friends. Wonderful hospitality. There was plenty of delicious Russian food and we ate for hours.
In my travels around Russia I am always astounded at the vast amount of countryside throughout Russia. The Belgorodskaya Oblast territory is one of the most beautiful and fertile lands in Russia. A large majority of the
population makes there living in the field of agriculture and for many people here survival is dependent on farming the land. Approximately 40 million tons of wheat will be harvested this year and this is a bad year for crops due to lack of summer rain and high temperature this season.

The Russian village Bogatoe is located in the Ivnya region, which is in the territory of Belgorodskaya Oblast. It is
located in the northwest part of the Belgorod region.

The village is situated at the foot of a hill on the river Pena. Bogatoe means weather. The region is Known for its rich black soil that yields good harvests every year. The river Psyol also runs through the Ivnya region.

The village is encompassed by nature and has two large ponds in this region.
The population of Ivnya is around 24,500. The major source of income for the people in this region is agriculture. High yields of wheat and productivity of milk come from this region.
The town was known to have weekly markets and had four fairs a year, where merchants would sell bread.

People are fishing in boats and along the riverside at sunrise. In the afternoons families are swimming in the rivers and ponds.

End Of The Day & Playtime Is Over!

A Brief History of the Ivnya Settlement
The first settlement in Ivnya was around 1722 when Major Pereversev Ivan Stepanovich gave living quarters to
servants and peasants that came from the Obojansky district. Major Pereversev owned 6 thousand meters of land and
by 1762 the settlement had seventy-court yard (buildings), which housed more than 900 inhabitants. He had
constructed a cascade of ponds and one of the ponds had a watermill. He planted a large orchard and had a horse
Two churches were built during this period of time. The Sake of the Holy Spirit and Zhivonachalnoj of the Trinity.
After Zhivonachalnoj of the Trinity was built the settlement was called Troitsk.
The Ivnya settlement was past down to E.N. Pereverzeva and her husband Duka Ilya Mihailovich, who was a war hero
in the war with Napoleon in 1812. It was later passed down to A.I. Duka and Karamzin Viktor Nikolaevich, Klejnmihel Konstantin Petrovich and E.N.Bagdanova – their daughter K.K.Klejnmihel and her husband G.Martynov.
In 1865 the population living in Ivnya was 1733 and it had two hundred and eleven courtyards.
Around this period in Ivnya the peasants where cleared from the village.
Count Klejnmihel had given farms to his sons and daughters around Ivnya. The farms where named after his children:
Konstantinovka, Petrovka, Vladimirovka, Natalevka, Pavlovka etc. Some of these names still remain today.
In 1940 the population of Ivnya was around 5865 and during the Great Patriotic War, 4410 people from the Ivnya
region lost their life on the battlefields.
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