Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov hospitalised in Russia after alleged poisoning

Pyotr Verzilov was experiencing loss of movement and vision, his bandmates said.
Pyotr Verzilov was experiencing loss of movement and vision, his bandmates said. Photo credit: CBC News / screengrab

A member of the activist punk rock group Pussy Riot has been hospitalised in Russia over a suspected poisoning.

Russian-Canadian Pyotr Verzilov, 30, is in a Moscow hospital after experiencing loss of movement and vision, and his bandmates claim he was poisoned, the Guardian reports,

After attending a court hearing, Mr Verzilov fell ill, according to his partner and bandmate Veronika Nikulshina, but the reason for this illness has not been confirmed.

Nikulshina and bandmate Olga Kuracheva were arrested and sentenced to 15 days in jail in July after invading the pitch during the 2018 World Cup.

They ran onto the field at the Luzhniki Stadium in protest against the imprisonment of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, a fierce critic of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region who was charged with plotting terrorist attacks in the area.

The bandmates were banned from attending sports events for three years.

Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for four pitch invaders that disrupted the Football World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow.

Pussy Riot became famous in 2012, when two members were imprisoned for more than a year for hooliganism, over a protest in a prominent Moscow cathedral.

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