More so than any other state in Eurasia, Tajikistan is a nepotocracy, a state in which the extensive presidential family dominates both politics and the economy.

Of president Emomali Rahmon’s nine children, second oldest Ozoda is widely viewed as the most competent in public affairs. With the help of her father, she has risen swiftly through the ranks of government, first in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and, since 2016, in the presidential apparatus itself. Her husband, Jamoliddin Nuraliev, has held a number of senior positions in the Ministry of Finance and National Bank.  

Although Nuraliev is technically the first deputy director of the National Bank, he is viewed by many analysts as the bank’s - and the whole Tajik economy’s - “grey cardinal”. He is a powerful figure who wields considerable influence behind the scenes, particularly in the country’s banking sector.

Nuraliev and Ozoda have emerged as the Central Asian state’s leading power couple; and the trajectory of their political and commercial influence will undoubtedly play an important role in the future dynamics of the country’s elite power plays.