The village of Nicola-Lenivets, which means “Nicola-the Lazy-bones” in Russian, has a really long history. The first residents, ancient Slavs-Vyatiches, arrived in 3,000 B.C. They later fortified their village, which is found along the Ugra river, by building a wooden fortress and earthen mounds. When the Russian state system formed, the Ugra river became an important strategic outpost. History is unclear, write the organizers of the Archstoyanie festival, but according to folklore, in the middle ages, either a “horde of Tatars” or a “troop of Lithuanians knights” attacked. The Russians fled, so the invaders rested on their laurels and partied it up. Foolishly, they set themselves up for an ambush by the Russians the next morning. They write: “Since then, the settlement was named Nicola in honor of St. Nicolay, whose protection helped the Russians to win the battle. The word “Lenivets” (Lazy-bones) was added in the memory of…

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