A woman purported to be the oldest living person ever at 128 says she hasn’t lived a single happy day in her life and her longevity is “a punishment”.
The Russian government claims Koku Istambulova is the world’s oldest person.
But she has bluntly said her longevity “was God’s will” and she “did nothing to make it happen”.
While some people chalk it up to a healthy or active lifestyle, “tired” Koku said: “I have no idea how I lived until now.”
Due to turn 129 in two weeks, she added: “I have not had a single happy day in my life.”
The claim was made by the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and is based on Koku’s internal passport which shows her date of birth as 1 June 1889.
If correct, Koku – who shuns meat and loathes soups, but loves fermented milk – was already 27 when the last tsar, Nicholas II, was forced to abdicate in March 1917. She was 55 when the Second World War ended in 1945, and 102 when the Soviet Union collapsed a generation ago in 1991.
During the war she recalls “scary” Nazi tanks passing her family home.
She and her family were later deported along with the entire Chechen nation Kazakhstan and Siberia by Stalin who accused them of Nazi collaboration.