Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s President, Is Gravely Ill. No, Wait! He’s Fine.


Islam Karimov, left, the president of Uzbekistan, at a wreath-laying in Moscow in April.

Pool photo by Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW — The mystery surrounding the health of Islam Karimov, the longtime president of Uzbekistan, deepened on Wednesday with his daughter suggesting that he was recovering after a stroke, but an announcer reading Mr. Karimov’s traditional independence day address on television.

There have been no detailed official statements on his condition, but amid the murkiness in Uzbekistan, a former republic of the Soviet Union, one thing seemed certain. The lack of information followed an old Soviet tradition of keeping bad news about the health of an…

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