Aug 7, 2009

Islam Karimov has "The Worst Daughter in the World"

Foreign Policy Magazine has topped itself. Forget the Failed States Index. We give you: The World's Worst Daughters. Even better, our very own Gulnora Karimova -- daughter of Uzbek toughman Islam Karimov -- has scored the number one slot.

Take that Pinthongta Shinawatra of Thailand!

As FP puts it, when Karimova isn’t closing her ex-husband’s Coca-Cola bottling businesses out of spite, deporting his family “at gunpoint to Afghanistan,” or building an Uzbek tea empire, she’s sending “hooded men with machine guns to shut down a rival company and liquidate their holdings.”

But it’s not all guns, goons and ex-husbands for Karimova. She also has an gentle, artistic side.

“In recent years, Karimova has been focusing on her budding music career. A music video she recorded under the name GooGooSha, her father’s pet name for her, was in near-constant rotation on Uzbek MTV in 2006.”

This story is just too awesome for words.

(Thanks to Leopolis, for scouting out the list.)



It is mostly unintelligible for me, though I always thought I spoke a language close to Uzbek :)

The song is called "Do not forget me" and it starts with a line "if you leave me, I will die".

Ern said...

interesting, because from what i gather from this post, it's more likely she would say, "if you leave me, YOU WILL DIE"


Googoosha & Julio Iglesias - Besame mucho

Googoosha - Besame Mucho (David Guetta remix)

Official site:

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

BTW, after watching the video, I was surprised to see that Uzbekistan has flying cars.

We dropped the ball by not reporting on that earlier.


BTW, I am starting to adore Googoosha, and think to forgive his father for all that Boris Akunin case.

Am I corrupt?

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Just seduced. =)

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