Woman claiming to be 128 years old says she's never lived a happy day

Woman claiming to be 128 years old says she's never lived a happy day
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A woman claiming to be the oldest person alive at age 128 says she's never lived a happy day.

Koku Istambulova's birth date is June 1, 1889, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

"I have not had a single happy day in my life," Ms Istambulova told RIA Novosti, saying she has worked her whole life "digging in the garden".

"Long life is not at all God's gift for me, but a punishment."

She has a morbid message for anyone hoping to reach her ripe old age.

"I did nothing to make it happen. Looking back at my unhappy life, I wish I had died when I was young."

Ms Istambulova is not registered officially as the oldest person alive, with the record holder being 117 years old. The Pension Fund of the Russian Federation says 37 people in the country claim to be over 110 years of age, according to RIA Novosti - however those claims cannot be verified because of the lack of reliable written records before this time.

Ms Istambulova claims her documents were lost during the Second Chechen War from 1999 to 2009.

But if her age is to be believed, she would have been 12 when the first ever Nobel Prize was awarded, 22 when the Titanic sank, and 55 when World War II ended. She was born in the same year as Adolf Hitler, and would have been 41 years older than Neil Armstrong was when he became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969.

All of her children have already passed away.