Anti-Kremlin activist Verzilov transported to Germany for treatment

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

The former civil wife of Russian activist and entrepreneur Pyotr Verzilov said that his relatives are worried he could be poisoned again.

Pussy Riot activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said that every day there is less and less chance of finding out what had really happened to him.

“We transported him [to Germany] rather late, but now we are less concerned about his safety. There was a risk in the Russian hospital that someone would decide that they had not finished him off, and would decide to poison him again,” Tolokonnikova said.

According to the woman, Verzilov still doesn’t recognizes his loved ones.

In a conversation with Reuters, the woman noted that doctors do not have a unified position regarding the chances of Verzilov’s recovery.

15 September 2018. Anti-Kremlin activist Pyotr Verzilov in Berlin airport. Photo – Cinemaforpeace / Handout / REUTERSPyotr Verzilov suddenly felt bad two weeks ago: he lost sight, hearing and the ability to walk. After four days in a Moscow hospital, he was taken to the “Charite” clinic in Berlin.

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“[The German] doctors are surprised that some kind of poison causes such delirium – none of the known substances remain active for two weeks. The doctors of the Sklifosofsky hospital also said that it could be atropine, although they did not add it to the official discharge. The same theory was confirmed by German doctors, ” said Tolokonnikova.

Verzilov is the publisher of the Mediazone media resource and one of four activists of the Pussy Riot group who ran out onto the field during the World Cup finals in Moscow in July to protest police brutality.

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Tolokonnikova states that the poisoning could be a revenge for Verzilov’s activism in general, and precisely for the action on the football field, which “affected many high-ranking officials”.

She says that Verzilov’s relatives are demanding that a criminal case be opened.

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