Briton resurfaces after 20 years as Siberian peasant

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 18:33 hrs

London: A Briton who fled the country two decades ago after a bitter divorce has resurfaced - as a Siberian peasant, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Michael Ware, originally from Exmoor, chose a dramatic change of lifestyle when he went to live in the far-flung village of Dubinka, three time-zones east of Moscow.

Ware, now 55, flew to Russia months after the fall of the Soviet Union and married a local girl, Tatiana, then 18.

Locals say they can no longer tell him apart from anyone else, but the farmer left one very important part of his life behind in Somerset - three children from his first marriage.

He said that missing his children was his only sorrow about his life in a land where temperatures this week are forecast to sink below -40 degrees Centigrade.

He adopted his new wife's son from a previous relationship, Nikolai, and they had two more children together - Alexander, 18, and Veronika, 16, according to the Mail.

Ware, known as Mikhail, has 40 sheep, 14 cows, 10 hens and chickens, and two pigs, on the modest smallholding he runs with his wife. Some years, he has a horse for ploughing.

The village, population 15, lies 50 km down a dirt track that is impassable for much of the year, the Mail said.

He insists he will stay in his cold paradise for the rest of his life, but says he remains British.

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