Googoosha in peacock’s plumes


Googoosha in peacock’s plumes, 17.04.2013

Gulnara Karimova has appeared half-naked wearing peacock’s plumes in a new photo-shoot. Can you imagine this person as the country’s future president?

The 40-year-old Gulnara Karimova published a new photo-shoot on her Twitter account on 15 April, commenting: “tired… after a photo-shoot…”

The Uzbek president’s eldest daughter was filled with pride after posing half-naked in peacock’s plumes, dripping with bulky rings, earrings and pendants.

She was convinced that she had just presented the world with an opportunity to enjoy her divine face and beauty.

Many followers of Karimova on Twitter rushed to respond with delightful comments and compliments regarding her beauty, taste, sexiness etc.

Whether Gulnara Karimova looks beautiful in peacock’s plumes is a matter of taste.

But the fact that the woman with bare shoulders and bosom, looking languorously through peacock’s plumes with her mouth half opened hardly resembles a future president of Uzbekistan – is not in doubt.

It is hard to imagine a politician, especially an Uzbek politician, a public figure and the country’s envoy to the UN office in Geneva – the position held by Karimova – posing in peacock’s plumes all day long. Especially on the day when Uzbek President Islam Karimov was holding important talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

This took place when Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Rustam Azimov, whom many see or want to see as the heir to the Uzbek throne, sat to the right of Islam Karimov in the Kremlin.

Googoosha (Gulnara Karimova’s stage name) also expects to assume the role of president.

Karimova does not hide her ambitions to occupy the presidential palace in Uzbekistan. This is not surprising as children of dictators often grow up believing that their countries belong to their families.

The scorched political field plays into the hands of dictators’ children as there is no replacement other than them. The socialistic monarchy in North Korea is an example.

Therefore, many regard the discrediting campaign that Karimova launched against Azimov as the start of the struggle for the throne.

This assumption was also promoted by rumours disseminated by the opposition in exile that Islam Karimov suffered a heart attack on 19 March.

On her Twitter account, Karimova accused Azimov of corruption, speculated over his wealth, which she alleged was worth $4bn, and the businesses of his close relatives.

The battle on Twitter proved to be a litmus test to determine the worth and role of each potential successor to Islam Karimov.

It is likely that Googoosha’s denunciations will not influence her father’s opinion. Karimov can be accused of dictatorship, torture, the massacre in Andijan, corruption and the plundering of the country, but not of foolishness. He is unlikely to willing allow Uzbekistan to be led by a president in plumes.

For his part, Azimov accompanied Karimov during his trip to Moscow and sat to the right of the president despite Gulnara’s criticism and a protocol enjoining that the foreign minister should be by the president during foreign trips.

Googoosha spent the whole day in the photo-shoot, determining her position: she can do anything – to rob the country, join the marathon “For life” and impose her beauty on people – but no-one takes her seriously.

She is Googoosha in peacock’s plumes.

One can only hope that she will not become “the jackdaw in peacock’s plumes”.