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Central Asia's 10 Most Influential (And Connected) Women

Gulnara Karimova, a daughter of the Uzbek president
Gulnara Karimova, a daughter of the Uzbek president
One can criticize Central Asian governments for many things -- from corruption to their intractably undemocratic ways. But perhaps due more than anything to the Soviet legacy, women in that predominantly Muslim region participate in politics, business, and other spheres of public life.

That said, while some of RFE/RL correspondent Farangis Najibullah's 10 picks for most influential women in Central Asia have risen to the top solely on their merits, there are more than a few whose family ties have paved the way to success. Can you think of any we've missed? Go to full story

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