Russian and Western media picked up the rumors about the deteriorating health Karimov. Spreading “sensational” message that “dictator fell into coma”, citing oppositional party People’s Movement of Uzbekistan. However, experts and observers do not share their “optimism”.
“I could be wrong, but I think that they just put up a yarn. If this were true, there would be different kind of tension in the air. There would be more of anxiety, a police reinforcement and so on. But there is nothing like that at all. Cops as usual languid and relaxed, there is nothing confirming this message, “- journalist and political analyst Alexei Volosevich wrote on his facebook.
“I think it’s scam spread by the opposition in order to deliberately mislead the public. It is clear that the opposition is trying to exploit the fact that he has got really old. But this just shows a weakness and impotence of the Uzbek opposition: they rely only on the death of the sultan, and are not able to offer any coherent program of reforms to the population, and to intellectually confront him“- says Russian political analyst Azhdar Kurts.
Official Uzbek media does not usually respond to this sort of “sensations” circulating now and then about the deteriorating state of health of the President. By the way they have never confirmed such reports.
In turn, Uzbek users of social networks, perceived irritation by dissemination of this information, considering it to be false. According to them, in the next few days the head of state will publicly take part in the congress of the UzLiDeP. Karimov appearance at the congress will dispel the rumors.