There are hundreds of centenarians living in the villages of the Russian Caucasus. A few miles from the Persian border, Shirali Muslimov offers visitors recollections of historic events which happened in mid-nineteenth-century Russia. Muslimov was born in 1805 in the village of Barzavu. He had twenty three children and has never been ill. He can recall incidents from 150 years ago. He works a full day and still has good hearing and eyesight.
Azerbaijan may be where you will find the most centenarians. In these mountains you will find these hearty, white haired centenarians as they tread the rocky highland roads to tend their cattle or goat herds, their backs bent under heavy loads of produce.