After my blood pressure dropped a bit, I read this story again. And I still didn’t feel any better about it.
The 33-year-old daughter of Uzbekistan’s brutal authoritarian ruler Islam Karimov, Karimova-Tillyeva recently filed suit against the independent French website Rue89.com over an article that allegedly identified her as the daughter of a dictator and characterized her charity work in France as an attempt to whitewash the reputation of Uzbekistan’s repressive ruling regime.
Karimova-Tillyeva charges that one of the articles written by Rue89.com reporter Augustin Scalbert about her charity work is defamatory. Scalbert says her lawyers are seeking 30,000 euros ($48,000) in moral damages.
Now, it’s true that Lola is no GooGoo-Sha (and not as thuggish), but still. Maybe while she’s busy at UNESCO she can help come up with a plan for the hundreds of Uzbeks that Russia is deporting for living, unregistered, in an appalling shanty town underneath Moscow.
“We couldn’t have imagined that so many people could live in such a small area,” police told Lifenews.ru. “It stank so awful there you could faint.”
According to official reports, the migrants living in the underground town were manufacturing blades and needles for sewing machines. The migrants found will likely be deported, although some may be investigated and prosecuted for criminal activity.
Not to be too indelicate, but Lola, baby, if your country was so awesome that criticizing it was an immoral defamation your people wouldn’t leave it for slave labor in shantytowns in Moscow.