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Kremlin can't confirm reports on alleged death of Uzbekistan's president

August 30, 4:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A number of media on Monday night reported that President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan had allegedly died
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Islam Karimov

Islam Karimov

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MOSCOW, August 30. /TASS/. The Kremlin does not have any confirmations to the reports issues by a number of media on Monday night that President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan has allegedly died.

"We don't have any confirmations (to this information)," the Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told TASS when a reporter asked him if the Presidential Administration was verifying the media reports.

On Monday, Uzbekistani President's daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva wrote on her page in Instagram that the 78-year-old President had suffered cerebral haemorrhage and had been taken to an intensive care ward. She also said physicians described his condition as stable.

Peskov dismissed the question on whether Moscow felt apprehensive about a possible deterioration of the situation in Uzbekistan as an inappropriate one, saying the Kremlin did not have any 'special knowledge' about Karimov's health status, since it was getting all the information from the media and by diplomatic channels.

Islam Karimov became President of Uzbekistan in 1991. Before that, he was President of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, then a constituent entity of the USSR.

On Monday night, the media carried conflicting reports about Karimov's death, with some of them claiming he had passed away and others denying the information.

Authorities in Tashkent have not released any official reports in this connection.

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