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Pussy Riot activist hospitalized after possible poisoning, Russian news reports say

Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, attends hearings in a court in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 23, 2018.
Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, attends hearings in a court in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 23, 2018. AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

MOSCOW – Russian news reports say a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning.

Ekho Moskvy radio and online news portal Meduza reported Wednesday that Pyotr Verzilov has been in emergency care since late Tuesday. They quoted a fellow Pussy Riot member, Veronika Nikulshina, as saying Verzilov’s symptoms included losing his eyesight and ability to speak.

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Nikulshina said Verzilov was being treated in the toxicology unit of a Moscow hospital, indicating a suspected poisoning.

Verzilov, Nikulshina and two other activists served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting July’s World Cup final.

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They ran onto the field wearing police uniforms, briefly interrupting the match between France and Croatia. Pussy Riot said they were protesting excessive police powers in Russia.

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