Pussy Riot’s Peter Verzilov Hospitalized After Possible Poisoning

Over the weekend, two members of the Pussy Riot collective who stormed the field at this year’s World Cup—Veronika Nikulshina and Peter Verzilov—were arrested in Moscow during a day of widespread protests in Russia. It’s now been revealed in the Russian publication Meduza that Verzilov was hospitalized yesterday and was in serious condition following a possible poisoning.

Nikulshina said that after a court session, Verzilov began to lose his sight, speech, motor skills, and memory. Verzilov was reportedly taken to a toxicological department, and doctors would not tell Nikulshina whether or not Verzilov was poisoned. “The doctor only said that his condition was serious, but his behavior was improving and he’d started responding to his own name,” Nikulshina said. Pitchfork has reached out to Pussy Riot’s representatives for more information.

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