A Russian lawmaker, who called for an end to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, is in a coma after suffering an “unfortunate fall.”
Anatoly Karpov, 71, is currently comatose in the hospital after suffering serious head injuries.
Karpov is thought to have been injured in Moscow sometime overnight on Saturday amid claims he “suffered a fall.”
He is now in a neurology ward at the renowned Sklifosovsky Institute and has been placed in a medically induced coma.
Allies are describing his condition as “serious.”
Karpov, who was a chess grandmaster in the 1970s before turning to politics, is known as a Putin ultra-loyalist.
However, he outraged the Russian leader by calling for an end to the war in Ukraine “so that peaceful people will stop dying.”
Mystery surrounds exactly how and when Karpov was injured.
Andrey Kovalev, head of the All-Russian Movement of Entrepreneurs, claims he was attacked and hit over the head as he was leaving Moscow’s State Duma building.
Kovalev said the politician suffered a fractured neck and head injuries when he was battered over the head by unknown assailants and was found unconscious.
But Kirill Zangalis, spokesman for the Russian Chess Federation, said reports of a beating were “fake news.”
Karpov’s daughter Sofia also denied those claims.
Other reports suggested he suffered a “domestic” incident or had an “unfortunate fall.”
One claimed he was drunk at the time.
It is thought the attack happened late on Saturday or early on Sunday, though reports only began emerging yesterday.
While Karpov is seen as an ultra-loyalist and supporter of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, he has also publicly called for an end to the war.
He told a TV channel in Kazakhstan: “I wish [the war] would end sooner so that peaceful people would stop dying.”
“In the end, ordinary people are the victims,” he added.
“Ordinary people fight, politicians and generals decide, and ordinary people fight, civilians die.
“I am not even talking about soldiers and officers.
“No, I could not imagine at all that Russians and Ukrainians would go to war.
“I have many friends in Ukraine.”
His heartfelt “end the war” plea came in April in an interview with Armanzhan Baytasov, a businessman who publishes Forbes Kazakhstan.
Karpov is just the latest in a long line of Russian elites to meet with misfortune following Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.
Several Russian oligarchs and lawmakers have either died or been injured in mysterious circumstances and questioning the invasion.