A great-grandmother has claimed she is the world’s oldest living person – after telling officials she has celebrated her 120th birthday.
Pictures have emerged of Tanzilya Bisembeyeva with her family in the village of Alcha in Krasny Yar district in the region of Astrakhan, southern Russia.
DailyMail reports the widow is said to have been born in 1896 and, if her claims are true, she beats the current Guinness World Record holder, Italian Emma Morano, by more than three years.
Local media in Astrakhan reports that her family say her secret is:
‘She never sits down, doesn’t smoke and eats only organic food.’
They have said that Bisembeyeva survived the Russian Revolution, World War I, World War II and two husbands. Her first husband reportedly died in the Second World War and that their first child died at a young age.
Russia’s Book of Records claims Bisembeyeva is the second oldest person to have ever lived after Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.