On the morning of September 2, Reuters with reference to the three diplomatic sources announced the death of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. “Yes, he died,” confirmed one of the interlocutors of the Agency. Official confirmation of this information, sources of “Interfax” in the government of Uzbekistan did not comment on the Reuters story.
My condolences in connection with the death of Karimov expressed by the Prime Minister of Turkey Benali Yildirim. “The President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov died. May Allah rest his soul. Behalf of the Turkish Republic I Express to the people of Uzbekistan deepest condolences”, — he said, Hurriyet said. On the death of the Uzbek President reported the Turkish Anadolu news Agency, without citing sources.
The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic earlier reported that the state of the Karimov has deteriorated sharply in recent days and confirmed that he suffered a stroke. “With great heavy heart that we inform you that in the past day as our President has been a marked deterioration and, according to doctors, it is estimated as critical,” — said in the message.
In addition, Reuters reported that President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to urgently fly to Uzbekistan from China, where he participates in the summit of G20 countries. According to the Agency, therefore, the government of Nazarbayev, is preparing for the official announcement of the death of the President of Uzbekistan. Later, the press service of the Nazarbayev has denied the information about the change in schedule. “The press service of the President reported that currently the President is on a working visit to people’s Republic of China in the framework of participation in the G-20 summit. Changes in the work schedule of the President in the near future is not planned”, — stated in the message of the press service in Facebook.
On 1 September Uzbekistan hosted festive events dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic. Correspondent in Tashkent reported that despite fears that the rumors about the death of Karimov will spoil the national holiday, people looked relaxed and cheerful. Many reassured the President of the Uzbek people, read out by the announcer of the Central television and published on the government website.
The funeral of President
The evening of 1 September, the news Agency “Fergana” posted photos of the cemetery in Samarkand made by the correspondent of the publication. According to him, now there are preparatory works are underway for the funeral of the head of state, which will be held on 3 September. In the same cemetery, according to the Agency, buried the brothers and mother Karimov. The government plane with the body Karimov, according to the Agency, flew from Tashkent to Samarkand on Thursday evening.
Russian service Bi-Bi-si, referring to the information published in international NOTAMs alert pilots reported that the airport of Samarkand on 3 September will be closed to all aircraft except those who receive special permission to take-off or landing.
Photo: News Agency Ferghana.Ru/Photo via AP
At the same time, Reuters with reference to sources reported that in Samarkand urgently and suddenly started cleaning the main streets. According to sources the Agency, this may mean preparation for the funeral of the President.
August 29, the news Agency “Fergana”, which informed the first reported illness the Uzbek leader, wrote that Karimov had died. This information was refuted by sources “Interfax” and “RIA Novosti” in the government and the presidential administration. The Kremlin also announced that the confirmations of data on the death of Karimov is not.
On admission Karimov first became known on August 28. The next day information about his condition confirmed the youngest daughter of the Uzbek leader, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, wrote on his page that the President suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. On August 31 it became known that treatment Karimov doctors research Institute of neurosurgery named. Burdenko.