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The oldest people in Russia – who they are, and how they managed to live so long

They like butter and sweet tea. They give birth to children after fifty years, do not take any medicine, and they also have 20 great-grandchildren and they can remember the events of the last three centuries.

Tanzilya Bisembeyeva, 122 years old

A few years ago, the tiny village of Islamgazy in the Astrakhan Region (about 1,400 kilometers south of Moscow) first appeared in news headlines throughout Russia. The fact is that the oldest resident of Russia, the Kazakh Tanzilya Bisembeyeva, celebrated her 120th birthday there. Today she is already 122 years old.

Tanzily was born in 1896 in Tsarist Russia. Her first husband was killed at the front during the Great Patriotic War. Their son died in infancy. When the war ended, she was 49 years old. She did not have a family or children. But soon she received a new offer from an elderly Kazakh. She married him and the couple had children, three sons, who are now 53, 54 and 57 years old. Tanzily gave birth at home, and in general, according to relatives, never addressed to doctors until she turned 100 years old.

“In my life my mother saw many things. She lived from Rasputin to Putin. She worked hard all her life, in a field or in a melon plant, where she grew watermelons and melons, “says her son Shintaz Bisembeyev.

The difference in age between Tanzily and the youngest member of the family is 119 years. Now she has 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandsons. She no longer leaves the house, but moves independently on her own. She loves to follow the events in the world and eats only natural food. In the Astrakhan region, according to official statistics, there are still 71 people who have overcome the 100-year boundary.

Appaz Iliev, 122 years old

Another long-liver, who was also born in 1896, is the inhabitant of Ingushetia Appaz Iliev. His village, Guli, is located high in the mountains, and during his life Appaz only once descended into the valley. “He went down only to fight during the Civil War in the Red Army. Then he went to the front during the Great Patriotic War. But from the front he was deported to Kazakhstan, “his nephew Ahmet said.

In his long life, Appaz never smoked and did not even try alcohol. He eats vegetables only from his own garden. Appaz loves dairy products and meat, but drinks only spring water. He still has all his own teeth.

The old highlander has eight children, 33 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. He survived two wives and buried three children. Five years ago he still rode horses and grazed animals, as he had his whole life. Now he only mows grass and cleans the shed from manure, leaning on a shovel, like a crutch. When Appaza is asked about the most important lesson in his life, he replies: “A person becomes good if you see good in him.”

Nanu Shaova, 127 years old

Today she is the oldest woman in Russia. However, in her passport the date of birth is written as: 00.00.1890. In the nineteenth century, there were no birth certificates in Russia, and when she applied for a passport, no one could remember the exact date of her birth.

President Vladimir Putin congratulated the native of Kabardino-Balkaria on her 125th birthday, and in March 2018 she was the oldest Russian woman who voted in the elections. “Every person should make his choice in good faith and responsibly and should not consider that his voice is worthless,” she said, before dropping her newsletter.

Nan has five children, 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandsons. She lived all her life in the village of Zaykovo and worked in a local collective farm. Her first husband died in the war, and the second she buried in 1982. Grandchildren say that Nanu likes sweets, butter, sweet tea and ayran drink. True, she never eats after 6 pm. She still walks well and has good hearing. But sometimes my vision is failing.

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