A German newspaper reported on Tuesday that Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was recovering well from a prostate operation he had at a hospital in Hamburg and would return to Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
Mass-circulation Bild said, without naming its source, that the 71-year-old Kazakh leader had admitted himself to the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany last week. The hospital declined to comment, Reuters reported.
"The Kazakh president did undergo a prostate surgery in Hamburg," Bild said in a pre-publication of a report to appear in its Wednesday edition.
"The Kazakh president apparently reacted well to the surgery," Bild wrote. "Since the operation, he has been recuperating in a luxury hotel in the city centre."
The paper said that Nazarbayev had arrived in Hamburg 10 days ago, undergone surgery on July 14 and left hospital on July 16, at which point the healing process was going well and the patient was "already back on his feet".
Bild's report earlier on Tuesday that Nazarbayev had been admitted to hospital sent the cost of insuring exposure to Kazakh assets higher, with 5-year credit default swaps up 4 basis points to 169 bps, according to data from Markit.
A spokesman for the Hamburg hospital would not comment and denied there was any extra security at the hospital.