Pussy Rioter in Berlin for treatment
Petr Verzilov, a member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, has arrived in Berlin to continue medical treatment after a suspected poisoning.
He arrived on a special air ambulance flight at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport yesterday.
“I assume he was poisoned deliberately and that it was intended to intimidate him or even an attempt to kill him,” Verzilov’s partner, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova told Bild.
Verzilov was taken to hospital in Moscow on Tuesday with impairments to his sight, speech and movement.
It is believed that he ingested a powerful medication that suppresses the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
According to media reports, doctors found evidence of strong psychotropic drugs in his blood tests.
Verzilov was one of four Pussy Riot protesters who, dressed in police outfits, stormed the pitch during the World Cup final between France and Croatia.
They served 15 days in jail for the incident, which the band said they conducted to demand the release of political prisoners.