Pussy Riot confirm that fellow member Peter Verzilov was poisoned in Moscow

The confirmation comes via a statement by Pussy Riot, just hours after German doctors who were treating Verzilov revealed that it is “highly probable" that he was poisoned.


                            Pussy Riot confirm that fellow member Peter Verzilov was poisoned in Moscow

Hours after German doctors treating Peter Verzilov, a member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot revealed that it is “highly probable” that he was poisoned, Pussy Riot has released a statement confirming that Verzilov was indeed poisoned in Moscow last week.

Verzilov, who was one of four members of Pussy Riot who rushed the field dressed in police uniforms during the FIFA World Cup final in Moscow to protest against excessive Russian police powers, fell ill following a court hearing last Tuesday. The Russian-Canadian activist’s friends and relatives had suspected poisoning after he began to lose his sight, speech, motor skills, and memory. 

As Pitchfork reports, Pussy Riot released a statement on Tuesday which said that doctors from the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin hospital came to the conclusion that Verzilov was poisoned in Moscow. The statement goes on to add that that Verzilov is still suffering from amnesia, dizziness, and confusion, but is in good spirits and an improving condition. 

“If you ask Peter why do you think you were poisoned,” the statement reads, “he most likely will tell you about the recent arrest of Igor Sechin, whether there is mobile connection in Arctic or not, about Marina Abramović and Ulay’s performances, and his postmodernist phantasies. It may be scary, but most of the time Peter still has his unique sense of humor. When he saw me and Nika Nikulshina (Verzilov's girlfriend and Pussy Riot member) yesterday, he said, ‘So good to see you without handcuffs.’”

“It’s important to realize that Peter’s life was in danger. He might be dead now if Nika Nikulshina was not around to help him,” the statement concludes.



 

Verzilov was hospitalized in critical condition and taken to a toxicological department last Wednesday. In a statement on Saturday, Pussy Riot had claimed that Russian doctors “refuse to share with us any papers on Peter’s health” and made repeated claims that he was poisoned by Russian authorities. Verzilov was reportedly transferred from Russia to Berlin that day at the suggestion of a German doctor who knows Verzilov’s father.

At the time, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova -- Verzilov’s ex-wife and a fellow Pussy Riot member -- posted a video on Twitter filmed through the door of the plane, claiming that what happened was “deliberate” and intended to “intimidate or even attempt to murder” her ex-husband.

“His life is still in danger in Russia,” Pussy Riot write in the latest statement.