Russia: Pussy Riot activist may have drug poisoning

Russia: Pussy Riot activist may have drug poisoning

Russia: Pussy Riot activist may have drug poisoning

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Moscow (AP) – Doctors say a hospitalized member of the protest group Pussy Riot may have been poisoned by an overdose of medication.

The independent news website Meduza reported Thursday that Pyotr Verzilov's doctors told his relatives that he either took an overdose of medicine or received too much medicine. The report did not list the substance.

Fellow Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina told the Associated Press that the report was accurate but would not comment further.

In this photo, taken on Friday, September 7, 2018, Pjotr ​​Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Verzilov is reportedly hospitalized for a suspected poisoning case on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, and his health status is unknown. (AP photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

In this photo, taken on Friday, September 7, 2018, Pjotr ​​Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Verzilov is reportedly hospitalized for a suspected poisoning case on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, and his health status is unknown. (AP photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

In this photo, taken on Friday, September 7, 2018, Pjotr ​​Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Verzilov is reportedly hospitalized for a suspected poisoning case on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, and his health status is unknown. (AP photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Friends insisted that Verzilov did not take drugs or take drugs. Verzilov has been hospitalized in Moscow since Tuesday.

Verzilov and other activists served a 15-day prison sentence for breaking the final of the final in July to protest against excessive Russian police forces.

Speaking to the AP last week, Verzilov said, "Public protests in Russia are the only way to change anything."

FILE - This July 15, 2018, stewards Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, pull away from the field after being stormed to the field and interrupted the final between France and Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Russian news reports that Verzilov, a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, was hospitalized for serious poisoning. (AP photo / Martin Meissner, file)

FILE - This July 15, 2018, stewards Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, pull away from the field after being stormed to the field and interrupted the final between France and Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Russian news reports that Verzilov, a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, was hospitalized for serious poisoning. (AP photo / Martin Meissner, file)

FILE – This July 15, 2018, stewards Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, pull away from the field after being stormed to the field and interrupted the final between France and Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Russian news reports that Verzilov, a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, was hospitalized for serious poisoning. (AP photo / Martin Meissner, file)

FILE - In this file, which was shot on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Russian political activist Nadja Tolokonnikowa is joined by the Russian punk band Pussy Riot with her husband Pjotr ​​Verzilov and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Dem Chairperson of The Helsinki Commission seeks action to stop human rights violations by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine, in the Capitol in Washington. Russian news reports that Verzilov, a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, was hospitalized for serious poisoning. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

FILE - In this file, which was shot on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Russian political activist Nadja Tolokonnikowa is joined by the Russian punk band Pussy Riot with her husband Pjotr ​​Verzilov and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Dem Chairperson of The Helsinki Commission seeks action to stop human rights violations by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine, in the Capitol in Washington. Russian news reports that Verzilov, a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, was hospitalized for serious poisoning. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

FILE – In this file, which was shot on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Russian political activist Nadja Tolokonnikowa is joined by the Russian punk band Pussy Riot with her husband Pjotr ​​Verzilov and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Dem Chairperson of The Helsinki Commission seeks action to stop human rights violations by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine, in the Capitol in Washington. Russian news reports that Verzilov, a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot, was hospitalized for serious poisoning. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

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