The former world chess champion, Anatoli Kárpov, suffered a concussion as a result of a fall but will be discharged in the course of this week, according to his assistant, Albert Stepanián, who denied that the teacher had suffered serious injuries to consequence of an attack.
"A nasty incident really took place, Anatoli slipped, fell and hit his head. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated. There are no fractures, he is conscious, but he suffered a concussion. The doctors said he will be discharged in the course of the week," Stepanián told the Russian news agency TASS.
The day before, the Russian media reported that Karpov suffered a head injury as a result of a domestic accident, and was in an induced coma in one of the main hospitals in the Russian capital. "All the information about attacks, artificial respiration, fractures, are lies," added his assistant.
Previously, the Russian Telegram channel 112 had reported that Karpov was found unconscious next to the Russian Duma headquarters last Saturday, and that doctors had diagnosed him with a head injury, a fracture of the right hip and a strong state of drunkenness.
Karpov, 71, was world champion between 1975 and 1985, when he was defeated by fellow Russian Garry Kasparov, and is currently a deputy of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament.