Mr Karimov

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Former  Uzbek president Islam Karimov:  The Soviet-era strongman who had ruled Uzbekistan since before the fall of the Berlin Wall has no official successor. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP

Uzbekistan’s veteran dictator Islam Karimov has died, leaving central Asia’s most populous country in a state of turmoil and political uncertainty. T(...)

 Uzbek President Islam Karimov speaks during a joint news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Authoritarian Uzbek leader Islam Karimov is in stable condition in an intensive care ward after suffering a brain haemorrhage on Saturday, his daughte(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) speaks with President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov as they meet to sign documents at the Kuksaroi Presidential Residence in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Uzbekistan urged Russia on Wednesday to help protect Central Asia against what it said would be a rising threat from militant Islam as US forces draw (...)