Putin pays respects on way home
Russian President Vladimir Putin, en route home from a summit in China, has made a stop in Uzbekistan where the president of nearly 27 years was laid to rest on Saturday, leaving no apparent successor. Islam Karimov, who crushed opposition throughout his rule, was buried in his hometown of Samarkand. The chairman of the country’s Senate has been declared interim head of state in line with the constitution but it is unclear if he will succeed Karimov as president. Putin yesterday visited Karimov’s grave and held a brief meeting with Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev, indicating that the prime minister is likely to get the job.
VISIT: Mirziyoyev and Putin