Uzbekistan President, Islam Karimov, Feared Dead

Uzbek President Islam Karimov speaks to media during his ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Karimov is on a two-day state visit to India to strengthen security, communication and energy links.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov speaks to media during his ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi, India in 2011. Uzbek government sources said Karimov suffered a stroke last week, and many believe he may be dead. Manish Swarup / AP Photo
Uzbek President Islam Karimov speaks to media during his ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Karimov is on a two-day state visit to India to strengthen security, communication and energy links.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov speaks to media during his ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi, India in 2011. Uzbek government sources said Karimov suffered a stroke last week, and many believe he may be dead. Manish Swarup / AP Photo

Uzbekistan President, Islam Karimov, Feared Dead

Uzbekistan’s authoritarian President, Islam Karimov, suffered a massive stroke last week, according to government sources. His status is unknown, but many speculate that he may be dead.

Karimov’s fate puts the country’s succession plan in turmoil. Karimov’s daughter, Gulnara Karimova, was in line to assume power, but she was put under house arrest two years ago, when she fell out of her father’s favor.

We talk about Uzbekistan’s future with Central Asia specialist Russell Zanca, professor of Cultural Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University.