Russian President Vladimir Putin holds flowers as he walks to pay his last respect at a cemetery in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday laid roses at the grave of late Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, whose death last week after 27 years in charge sparked fears of instability in the Central Asian nation.Footage broadcast by Russian state television showed Putin kneeling at Karimov's flower-covered grave in the historic city of Samarkand after he made a detour to ex-Soviet Uzbekistan on his way home from the G20 summit in China.Putin also held talks with Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in a further sign that he is the frontrunner to replace Karimov, who was announced dead at 78 on Friday after a stroke with no clear successor.
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