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Gulnara Karimova's Teenage Daughter Makes Rare Public Appearance In Tashkent

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, the second daughter of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov
Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, the second daughter of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov

The daughter of Gulnara Karimova, a jailed former Uzbek first daughter and high-profile socialite, has made a rare public appearance in Tashkent.

Iman Karimova, 18, was photographed alongside her maternal aunt, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, in an August 31 official ceremony to unveil a new monument to her late grandfather Islam Karimov, the former autocratic Uzbek president.

The photo, which depicts the two women laying flowers at the monument, was posted on Karimova-Tillyaeva’s official social-media accounts on the same day.

Gulnara Karimova, 45, who was once a fashion designer, pop singer, and ambassador to United Nations agencies in Geneva, is in state custody.

Gulnara Karimova disappeared from the public eye in 2014 and Uzbek prosecutors subsequently confirmed she was under house arrest and being investigated for suspected corruption and other charges.

In September 2014, the Prosecutor-General's Office acknowledged that Gulnara Karimova was being held "in isolation" at home with her daughter, Iman.

Last month, Uzbek authorities said Gulnara Karimova was sentenced to five years of "restricted freedom" in 2015 after she and several associates were convicted of crimes including extortion, embezzlement, and tax evasion.

Gulnara Karimova divorced Iman’s father -- Afghan-American businessman Mansur Maqsudi -- in 2001.

Islam Karimov, a former communist boss, ruled for 27 years at the center of a tight inner circle and ruthlessly applied the country's security and intelligence forces to keep a tight lid on dissent.

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