As of June 1, 2018, Koku Istambulova was said to be the oldest woman in the world—and she hates being alive. In interviews leading up to her 129th birthday, Istambulova stated that she hated her life, had never had a happy day, and saw her long life as a punishment. The Russian government brought international attention to her in 2018, presenting a passport with her June 1, 1889, birthday as proof to make her the official oldest person alive by 11 years.
She lived through more than a century of Russian history, a volatile period that covered World Wars, revolutions, assassinations, and forced deportation. For Istambulova, war and hardship were everyday occurrences. Although there was some doubt about the legitimacy of Russia's claims since her birth date wasn't officially confirmed, one thing is for certain: this old Russian woman is tough as nails. She lived through history as it happened, and she hated every minute of it.
She Claimed To Have Never Had A Happy Day
She Wished She Had Died When She Was YoungVideo: YouTube
She Lived Through Five Wars And A Revolution
She Outlived All Of Her Children, Including A 104-Year-Old Daughter
At Age 25, She Witnessed The Start Of WWI
When She Was 28, Czar Nicholas II And His Family Were Assassinated