Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov blames Russia for ‘poisoning’

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Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov, who is believed to have been poisoned, has laid the blame squarely on Russia’s intelligence services. “The poisoning was carried out so professionally that no other conclusion is possible,” the activist told German newspaper Bild. He fell ill after a court hearing, losing his sight and ability to speak. He was flown to Berlin for treatment, but discharged from hospital on Wednesday.

In the interview with the newspaper, Mr Verzilov said he “firmly believes” Russian secret services are behind the suspected poisoning two weeks ago, “possibly Russia’s GRU military intelligence”. The Berlin Charité hospital where he was treated issued a press release on 18 September stating Mr Verzilov was admitted with “symptoms of poisoning”. Staff now believe that, although there are no traces of poison in his system, there is no other explanation for his condition.

 

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