- There hasn't been a single good day in my life. I have been working a lot every day, digging the soil in my garden, he says in an interview.
There has been no free time or entertainment in the woman's life.
According to her relatives, Istambulova's life has been difficult and sad. He has lost seven children, seen several wars and the fall of the Soviet Union, and been in exile in Siberia and Kazakhstan.
- We were hated there. Every day I dreamed of coming home. Working in the garden helped me survive, but basically I was sad, says Istambulova.