Pussy Riot member flew to Berlin after suspected poisoning in Moscow

The Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov was flown to Berlin after a suspected poisoning in Moscow.

One of the four members of Pussy Riot, who entered police uniforms in police uniforms during the World Cup final in Moscow against excessive Russian police violence, was taken ill and seriously hospitalized on Tuesday after a court hearing. His first symptoms were loss of vision and the inability to walk.

It is not yet clear what caused Verzilov's illness, but other members of the protest group say they believe it is poisoned.

The 30-year-old arrived on Saturday evening with a flight from the Cinema for Peace Foundation at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport, which is closely linked to the Russian protest group and based in the German capital.

Foundation founder Jaka Bizilj told the German newspaper Bild that it was important for the family that Verzilov be treated outside Russia as soon as possible. "We now hope that he will be helped quickly in Berlin and then we can determine if and how he was poisoned in Russia."

Fellow Pussy Riot member and also ex-wife Verzilov, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a video filmed on Twitter through the door of the plane shows Verzilov being assisted by a woman.

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He was reportedly accompanied by his mother Jelena. He was later rolled away on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Tolokonnikova told Bild that what happened was "deliberate" and intended to "intimidate or even murder" her ex-husband.

Verzilov, a dual Russian and Canadian citizen, is a prominent member of the anti-Kremlin scene and has been involved in protest art in Russia for more than a decade.

Bizilj, chairman of the Cinema for Peace Foundation, said the NGO urgently sent an ambulance to take him to Berlin to conduct tests.

Verzilov's girlfriend and Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina, who wrote on Facebook, expressed relief that he had been transferred from Russia.

She wrote: "Three times hurray to all who wrote, made phone calls, visited, cried and sang, we are in Berlin, everything is good."

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