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Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s Authoritarian President, Dies at 78

  • He was second-longest serving leader of a former Soviet state
  • His regime was criticized for violent crackdowns on dissent

Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s autocratic president and the second-longest serving leader of a former Soviet state, has died. He was 78.

He died Sept. 2 in Tashkent, the nation’s capital, according to a statement published on the Uzbekistan government’s website. Karimov suffered a brain hemorrhage Aug. 27, the Associated Press reported, citing a message posted on Instagram by his daughter, Lola Karimova. He entered a hospital in Tashkent, AP said, citing a government statement.