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Legendary Russian crooner Iosif Kobzon died at the age of 80 on August 30, 2018. Hugely popular during the Soviet era, he was a strong supporter of President Vladimir Putin and was a lawmaker from 1997 until his death.

Two years after Islam Karimov’s death, his former presidential palace has reopened as a museum filled with fawning portraits of the autocratic leader who ruled Uzbekistan with an iron fist for a quarter of a century.

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