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Uzbekistan’s cosmopolitan first daughter documents downfall on Twitter

With allegations of sorcery and featuring a feared autocratic ruler and the downfall of an ambitious daughter, it could be one of those mediaeval verse epics for which Central Asia is famed. But it is the very contemporary medium of Twitter that has exposed the extraordinary rift at the heart…

Uzbekistan’s first daughter says her sister is ‘friends with sorcerers’

The eldest daughter of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov has accused her sister of destructive behaviour and ties to sorcerers, in a public row that has exposed rifts in the Central Asian ruling family. Gulnara Karimova, who is known as a pop star and fashion designer, responded publicly after her sister…