Uzbek President Islam Karimov speaks during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 26, 2016
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The leadership of Islam Karimov

Uzbek state TV has announced the death of President Islam Karimov, after 27 years in power.

During his long rule, Mr Karimov built a relatively stable secular regime in a region threatened by Islamist radicalism.

But many believe this was done at the expense of human rights as Mr Karimov turned the Central Asian nation into one of the world's most authoritarian and repressive states.

BBC News' Abduljalil Abdurasulov takes a look back at his leadership.

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  • 03 Sep 2016
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