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Analyst: Karimov Left Uzbekistan a Country 'Associated With Torture'

Islam Karimov was born in Samarkand, the ancient Silk Road city in eastern Uzbekistan, in 1938, at the height of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s purges. According to various unofficial biographical accounts, Karimov’s father was jailed two years before his birth and was not the president's biological parent; in 1941, after his father was released from prison, Karimov’s parents placed the young boy in an orphanage. They reportedly brought him home the following year, but then returned...

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