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Uzbekistan: President Dead, Not Dead

As could be expected, the status of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov is plunged in mystery amid rival accounts of whether or not he is dead.

Moscow-based ferghana.ru reported overnight that Karimov had finally succumbed to the results of a brain hemorrhage on August 29 at 3:35 pm Tashkent time.

The presidential administration in Tashkent has staunchly denied this, however.

RIA Novosti cited a source in the administration as saying Karimov was in a stable condition.

As befits a deeply secretive, authoritarian nation, these claims and counterclaims were provided under a strict cloak of anonymity.

The drawback of combining large security apparatuses and secrecy, as Uzbekistan is now illustrating, is that information has a habit of leaking out, but in sometimes contradictory ways.

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Uzbekistan: President Dead, Not Dead

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