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Twitter Tricks: Will The Real Gulnara Karimova Please Stand Up?

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Speculation about the fate of Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov once tipped as his potential successor, has gripped Central Asia and observers of the region ever since she vanished from public life amid a corruption scandal more than two years ago. So Uzbek social media was understandably set ablaze when a new Twitter account earlier this month began publishing a stream of posts suggesting Karimova herself was the author of the tweets.
 
But an investigation by RFE/RL's Uzbek Service, has found that the person -- or group -- tweeting from the handle @Zabitaya1972 is merely posing as Karimova, whose popular Twitter account was shut down around the time she was placed under house arrest in 2014. Her conspicuous absence from her father's funeral last month, combined with her prolonged silence, has fueled rumors concerning her whereabouts.
 

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Twitter Tricks: Will The Real Gulnara Karimova Please Stand Up?

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