Pussy Riot member in Berlin for treatment after suspected poisoning

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Pyotr Verzilov has been taken to Berlin for treatment after suspected poisoning. (AP: Pavel Golovkin)

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A severely ill Pussy Riot activist is in Germany for treatment after his suspected poisoning, according to another member of the Russian protest group.

Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press that Pyotr Verzilov was flown to Berlin, but she did not give details.

Independent news site Meduza reported that Mr Verzilov’s partner, Veronika Nikulshina, said a doctor from a Berlin clinic who is friends with the ill man’s father suggested medical care outside Russia.

Mr Verzilov was hospitalised in Moscow on Tuesday (local time) and had remained in intensive care, Pussy Riot members said this week. Ms Alekhina told the AP he regained consciousness on Friday.

She also said she thinks he was poisoned for political reasons.

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Mr Verzilov, Ms Nikulshina and two other Pussy Riot members served 15-day jail sentences for running onto the Moscow field where soccer’s World Cup final was being played in July.

Their protest of what they described as the excessive powers of Russia’s police briefly disrupted the match with a very large broadcast audience.

Several Kremlin opponents have died from poisoning or suspected poisoning during the past 15 years.

Alexander Litvinenko, a former member of Russia’s domestic security service, succumbed slowly in London after ingesting a radioactive isotope in 2006.

He fell ill hours after meeting with two Russians whom Britain claimed were the assassins.



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Pyotr Verzilov invaded the pitch, runs away as a steward tries to stop him. (AP: Thanassis Stavrakis)

Journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a fierce critic of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, became sick after drinking tea on an Aeroflot flight in 2004.

She was travelling to southern Russia to try to help negotiate the Beslan crisis in which Chechen militants took hundreds of schoolchildren hostage.

Poison was mentioned as a possible cause of her symptoms. Politkovskaya survived, and was shot to death in the elevator of her apartment building two years later.


Video: Russian protest group Pussy Riot invade the pitch at the World Cup final (Photo: Reuters)

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