Is Gulnara Karimova Really Worth All This Attention?

by Traveler on 11/5/2013 · 5 comments

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In recent days, both independent Uzbek media and foreign news outlets that cover Uzbekistan are all busy following, and reporting on, the happenings around Gulnara Karimova, eldest daughter of the President of Uzbekistan. Karimova apparently lost the favor of her father, and her unquestioned fame and authority appear to be loose and doomed to fall.

She has long been believed to be a successor to her father’s seat; but in my previous article I had stated that she was not likely to lead the way for presidency. I still hold the same position, and in the following paragraphs, I want to quickly express my view on recent events, and what impact, if any, they could bring on the political landscape in Uzbekistan.

First of all, nothing phenomenal happened in political life of Uzbekistan. The only issue, which gave all recent happenings a political color and took the international media’s attention is the fact that Gulnara Karimova is the daughter of the President of Uzbekistan.

We are currently witnessing anti-Karimova raids, and all business entities related to her are being inspected by state authorities.

There is no doubt that such acts cannot be initiated without a direct approval and order by Islam Karimov himself.

It is also naïve to believe that president ordered these inspections solely because widespread misconduct and corruption within Karimova’s business interests reached to unbearable levels.

It will be accurate to say that president is indeed very angry at her daughter. But we do not know what caused this anger.

The reason can be anything. It might be just a personal issue related to internal family relations. Even the unverified facts presented by controversial writer Usman Haqnazarov are also mostly related to Karimovs’ family affairs.

Please note that this public quarrel started when Lola Karimova, younger daughter of Islam Karimov, revealed in an unpleasant way that she had no direct contact with her sister for the past 12 years. Soon after, Gulnara publicly accused her sister and mother of practicing sorcery.

Islam Karimov, as a father, not as a head of state, can strip his daughter off all her belongings for anything, no matter how insignificant it might be, as long as “fatherly” rage goes beyond control.

Until today, Gulnara did not hold any significant public position inside the country. So, she has never been seen as a de jure contender for any influential position, let alone to be a president.

In this context, current media frenzy over Gulnara Karimova does not make any sense because these happenings do not have any potential to make a real change or impact in the political landscape of Uzbekistan.

Regardless of how entertaining and scandalous they may look, the tweets of Gulnara Karimova are nothing more than disorganized and emotional opinions of an estranged woman. In fact, everything she says does not contribute anything new to what public already knows about how things work in Uzbekistan.

What is next? How things might go further? As long as Karimov is healthy and in power, nothing will change in the country or in the president’s family. Karimov might have an unprecedented anger towards his daughter, but time is a healer. Soon or later, he will forgive his child, and that child will again build and collect her all fame and fortune that she lost during hard times even if it requires to start from scratch.

So, unless we see unexpected political moves by president Karimov or high-level personnel change at top government offices, it is too early to say anything about Gulnara Karimova’s fate, let alone the country’s political future.

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Stephen November 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Thank you for this! I’m tired of reading about how this ‘changes the political landscape of Uzbekistan’ and other nonsense. This is s.o.p., it just happens to involve a media darling. End of story.

Simon November 6, 2013 at 2:43 am

Thank you for your insight. Although the article starts with an I-told-you-so tone, I agree with most of what you say. But who is this Usman Haqnazarov? and why is he controversial? I agree that tweet-wars with Karimova served no one really, but maybe made her popular, not in a true sense of popular, but more like recognizable. But in fact, you are right, she doesn’t matter, never did really and does not seem like she will. She is just a bored, over-privileged, middle-aged woman.

Traveler November 6, 2013 at 4:54 am

I updated the article with a link to Usman Haqnazarov’s recent article about Gulnara. No one knows who Usman Haqnazarov is. This is a pseudonym used by an unknown writer or may be, a group of writers. He occasionally appears in opposition websites with his articles about internal secrets deep inside Karimov’s rule with mind-blowing details and facts.

zokir November 13, 2013 at 3:12 am

strange that my comment about usman haknazarov was not published on this article. i advise you go and read his latest one about operation Argentina, and let’s see if i were right about Haknazarov being ANTISEMITE.

uzbek November 28, 2013 at 1:33 am

here are the latest news about our kitch princesse:
It reads: G.K.´s employees are blamed on all these wrong-doings, not ´the princesse´, she is, as usual innocent and with noble heart.
It happened before as well: she made big money, and some one else was accused, tortured and nobody knows where they are now.
Our fake princesse,
Kitch princesse,
With falce smiles
With blood on your hands,
A real child
of the Butcher of Andijan.

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