Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva

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Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva
Лола Каримова-Тилляева
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Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan in UNESCO
In office
2008 – present
Personal details
Born (1978-07-03) 3 July 1978 (age 36)
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Spouse(s) Timur Tillyaev
Alma mater University of World Economy and Diplomacy

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva (born July 3, 1978) is an Uzbek diplomat and philanthropist. She is the younger daughter of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov and his second wife, Tatyana Akbarovna Karimova. Her older sister is Uzbek diplomat and business mogul Gulnara Karimova.

Personal life[edit]

Karimova-Tillyaeva earned bachelor's and master's degrees in International Law from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, and later received a doctorate degree in Psychology from Tashkent State University.[1] In January 2008 she was appointed to her current role as Uzbekistan's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. She is married to businessman Timur Tillyaev and they have three children: two daughters and a son (Mariam, Safia and Umar).

In an interview to the BBC Uzbek Service, Karimova-Tillyaeva said that she has not been in contact with her sister Gulnara for 12 years.[2] [3]


She runs two charitable organizations in Uzbekistan which help orphanages as well as disabled children. She set up the National centre for the social adaptation of children in 2004 to provide medical and counselling support to children with special needs. Her first charitable organization "You are not alone" was set up in 2002 to improve the situation in the country's orphanages, protect the rights of orphaned children, providing them with better opportunities for getting comprehensive education.[4]

Business activities[edit]

Media reports claim that Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva is a business mogul and that her commercial enterprises include Abu Sahiy Nur, a company that controls imports of Chinese goods and boasts a daily turnover of at least $250,000.[5] However recent reports suggested that the Abu Sahiy transport and import company, a profitable market leader in Uzbekistan, is run by Lola's husband Timur Tillyaev.

In her interview with the BBC, Karimova-Tillyaeva said that her husband has a share in a trade and transport company and that Timur Tillyaev has never been involved in public tenders, been associated with national resource industries like gas or cotton, and does not enjoy tax exemptions or monopoly status.

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva owns property in Switzerland and made Bilan magazine's list of Switzerland's 300 richest residents in 2011.[6]

However, in her interview with the BBC, Ms Karimova-Tillyaeva said she was surprised to see herself being listed among Switzerland's wealthiest people. "We ourselves were surprised when we saw we were ranked among the richest people in Switzerland. I still joke about it with my husband," she told the BBC, adding that the figures suggested by the press were "far from reality".[7]

In July 2013, various media outlets reported that Karimova-Tillyaeva had purchased a home in Beverly Hills.[8][9]

Interview with the BBC

In her interview with the BBC Uzbek service (published in September 2013)[10] - her first ever interview with the Western media – Lola has revealed how deep the divide goes between her and her sister Gulnara.

"We have never hidden this from anyone… We have neither family nor friendship contacts. We don't even meet each other for family activities," she said, adding that she and her sister have had quite different characters from childhood. "With the years, the difference only grows.”

Lola also made it clear that she had no political ambitions and that her priority is her husband Timur Tillyaev and their three children. She also said her socialite sister Gulnara Karimova had a slim chance of assuming the presidency after their father, Islam Karimov, departs from the political scene.

Commenting on a legal action she took in 2011 against the French news website Rue89 over an article which described her as a "dictator's daughter", Karimova-Tillyaeva said that she did not question the rightness or wrongness of using the word "dictator", because she understood that this was "a political term". "However, in that context, the definition of 'dictator's daughter' in the press uniquely affected my personality. Each person is born with the inalienable right to be judged on his personal qualities, business, attitudes and actions," she told the BBC.

She also appears to hold some critical views of her father's government's policies. Commenting on the alleged use of child labour during the annual cotton harvest for which Uzbekistan has come under severe international criticism for years, Karimova-Tillyaeva said: "I find it difficult to assess the situation, but if there are such facts, it is sad and should not take place in any country of the world."

"I categorically reject any use of force, whether it is forced labour or other forms of violence against any person, especially children." Karimova-Tillyaeva was also forthright when asked about accusations that her father suppresses any dissent under the pretext of fighting Islamic extremism "The problem of radicalisation is more a result of unemployment and a lack of opportunities," she said. "These two factors are the most important sources of discontent among the population and in turn inextricably linked to the problem of extremism." She also said she believed that using force to deal with these problems was wrong.


  1. ^ "The Woman". Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva Official website. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  2. ^ Chris Irvine (2013-09-26). "Uzbekistan president's daughter distances herself from father". Asia/Uzbekistan (London). Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  3. ^ Jonathan DeHart (2013-09-27). "Inside Uzbekistan’s First Family Feud". Asia Life (Asia-Pacific region). Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva Official website". Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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  6. ^ Katherin Machalek (2012-09-03). "Corruptistan". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  7. ^ Johannes Dell, Jenny Norton (2013-09-26). "Uzbekistan's Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva reveals rift in first family". BBC News Asia. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  8. ^ "A mega-mansion fit for the daughter of a Central Asian dictator: Glamorous offspring of Uzbek leader buys $58m Beverly Hills pad". Daily Mail (London). 
  9. ^ Daily News (New York) |url= missing title (help). 
  10. ^ BBC (2013-09-26). "Uzbekistan's Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva reveals rift in first family". article. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 

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External images
Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva
Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva’s photos at the Getty Images website.