January 4, 2013

Tweeting with the Dictator's Daughter

Natalia Antelava, New Yorker

AP Photo

In Uzbekistan, Gulnara, who is forty, is feared no less than her father, who has run the Central Asian nation since it was a Soviet republic and he was party secretary. But unlike her father, whose public appearances are rare and carefully orchestrated, Gulnara finds it difficult to keep out of the public eye, whether it’s with a new music video in which GooGosha (her stage name) hops from the rooftops of the ancient city of Samarkand, an appearance in a long leopard skin dress, or a press conference in Tashkent where she announces that she is “grateful to God that he gave me my height, my face, my features.”

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