Uzbekistan plunged into uncertainty by death of dictator Islam Karimov

“…There is little prospect that the country of 31 million will democratise, after a quarter of a century characterised by repression, the boiling of prisoners, and unflinching authoritarian rule. Even by the standards of the region, Karimov treated manifestations of dissent harshly.

In 2005 his troops shot dead hundreds of protesters in Andijan. The massacre led to a breakdown in relations with Washington, which had previously seen Uzbekistan as a strategic partner in the war against terrorism. Ties between Washington and Tashkent cautiously improved after 2007. Uzbekistan has been an important supply hub for the US-led war in neighbouring Afghanistan.”

Boiling Prisoners? The world loses another Old School Dictator.

  • ismiselemeas

    He had a certain old school charm.

  • Spatchcocked

    His handle was ISLAM Karimov…….nuff said.
    But what a nice Homburg chapeau……it’s so very respectable….so veddy veddy Westminster and Whitechapel….and Oggsford (pace FSF) and fair play and all that.

  • RAMA44

    The Ol’ Blue eyes of Central Asia.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    There are no burkas in Uzbekistan. Instead, women generally wear modern garb. Traditional women’s attire is embroidered silk robes and the kind of pillbox hats that Jackie Onassis made famous as first lady, all very feminine.

  • UCSPanther

    Not to worry, Old Man Karimova has a daughter who is every bit as ruthless as her Old Man:

    • Alain

      That is the only system that works there just as in Arab countries.

  • infedel

    No Western Nation can ever be allied with islam…wake up.

  • Will Quest

    Unless ruled by an iron fist that ruthlessly controls the islamists lurking in the shadows…. in Uzbekistan the madness of Islamism will prevail this time by the iron fist of Sharia , heralding an other violent and failed islamic state……the first rule of order: cover the wicked/wanton women………. go all WWW 3 on their ass …..