The alltime President of Uzbekistan (the most populated state in the Central Asia region), Islam Karimov who had previously been hospitalized suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Some experts claim that 25 years reign of the President of Uzbekistan may very soon come to an end.
The first news about Karimov’s disease appeared on Sunday, but no details were provided. Today, his daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva reported in Instagram that Karimov had suffered a stroke. The lack of information about Karimov’s state of health has already risen many speculations in the region. Some suppose him already dead.
In case of Islam Karimov’s death Uzbekistan may sink into turmoil. The country is already in dismay due to the controversial internal policy conducted during the last 25 years. The average monthly household income is about 50 USD, most of the residents live below the poverty line especially in rural areas. Many young Uzbeks are vulnerable to the influence of radical Islam. A number of Uzbeks have already joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Karimov’s regime is a sophisticated mixture of autocracy and clanship. However, in case of his death Uzbekistan would turn into a new “Afghanistan” in the middle of Central Asia, affecting the entire Central Asia region, including China and Russia.