‘Poison attack’: Fears for Pussy Riot member

A PUSSY Riot activist who invaded the pitch at the World Cup final in Russia has been rushed to hospital after losing his sight amid claims he was targeted in a poisoning attack.

Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of Pussy Riot leader Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was taken to Bakhrushin City Clinical Hospital in Moscow on Tuesday, according to a report on Russian news website Meduza, The Sun says.

They quoted a fellow Pussy Riot member, Veronika Nikulshina, as saying Verzilov's symptoms included losing his eyesight and ability to speak.

 

Pyotr Verzilov has been taken to hospital after a suspected poisoning attack.
Pyotr Verzilov has been taken to hospital after a suspected poisoning attack.

It was recently reported that Charlie Rowley, the man who survived the Salisbury poison attack that killed his partner Dawn Sturgess, has gone blind.

Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess were contaminated after handling a fake perfume bottle containing Novichok, which was allegedly used by two Russian agents in the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

The Russian dissident has lost his eyesight and ability to speak.
The Russian dissident has lost his eyesight and ability to speak.

Nikulshina said Verzilov was being treated in the toxicology unit of the Moscow hospital, indicating a suspected poisoning, but medics had refused to allow his family in to see him.

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

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.

Nikulshina, who was part of the group which stormed the match, told Meduza that Verzilov woke up "unable to see".

She said: "From eight to ten it became worse... first sight, then the ability to talk, then the ability to walk right.

"When the ambulance arrived, he answered all the questions saying 'no, I did not eat anything, did not take any substance.'

 

"He became worse all the time faster, convulsions began. He fell into such a half-sleepy, half-forgotten state, stopped reacting to me, recognising me."

She claims Peter was taken to the toxicology department at 1am, but medics refused to tell her if he had been poisoned.

Veronika said the only information staff would give her was that he had started to "react to his name".



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