Pussy Rioter in Ber­lin for treat­ment

The Australian - - WORLD -

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.

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