According to Nikulshina, Verzilov started feeling unwell shortly after a court hearing on Tuesday. They said they can’t admit her. More here. In 2012, Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich became international celebrities when they were tried and convicted of “premeditated hooliganism performed by an organized group of people motivated by religious hatred or hostility.” During the trial, Verzilov presented himself as Pussy Riot’s “producer.” In this role, he helped generate global media attention for the group, recruiting dozens of world-famous musicians to pledge their support to Pussy Riot. They kept pointing at this sheet of paper, saying that they can’t disclose [any information] until the patient signs a release himself, but he’s unconscious,” Verzilov’s friend told Meduza. “[At the hospital] they said they don’t have the right to disclose any information… They sent her away and were rude. That time may have come. Pyotr Verzilov is currently receiving treatment at the toxicology wing of Moscow’s Bakhrushin City Clinical Hospital. On the way [to the hospital], in the ambulance, he was already babbling. they suddenly moved Verzilov to the hospital’s toxicology wing. At six in the evening, he laid down to rest. He’s begun to lose his site, his ability to speak and overall mobility. Here is the band’s statement in full:
‘First it was his vision, then his speech, and then his legs’ Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov is hospitalized in critical condition and friends fear he was poisoned
Pyotr Verzilov, a member of Pussy Riot and one of the publishers of the independent news website Mediazona, was hospitalized in critical condition late on September 11. Pyotr Verzilov became a public figure in Russia in the late 2000s as a member of the “Voina” artist-activist group, where he performed demonstrations with his then-wife, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. You have to admire the group’s dedication, especially when you consider how many of Putin’s enemies have been, threatened, hurt, assassinated or disappeared. Pussy Riot has been poking the Russian bear with a very sharp stick for years. Take the case of how Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive tea. The Novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Staff refused to tell her if he’d been diagnosed with “poisoning,” explaining that her status as his common-law wife “doesn’t entitle her to any rights.” “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. […] He fell into such a half-asleep, half-unconscious state that he stopped responding to me and didn’t even recognize me anymore,” Veronika Nikulshina told Meduza. Arrests, show trials, jailing, and time in a gulag hasn’t stopped the members from speaking out against the thuggish Vladimir Putin, his state-sponsored Russian Mafia buddies, and all his cronies dedicated to keeping the kleptocracy alive. First it was his vision, then his ability to speak, and then his ability to walk,” she told Meduza. A long list of anti-Putin journalists. Pytor Verzilov, a member of the band and the publisher of the band’s website is now in hospital in critical condition. In 2014, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina established the news website Mediazona, with Verzilov as its publisher. His partner, Veronika Nikulshina, told Meduza that he’s started losing his sight, speech, and mobility. “When the paramedics arrived, he answered all their questions, saying, ‘No, I didn’t eat anything. No, I didn’t take anything.’ He was getting worse even faster, and then he started convulsing. Nikulshina says the doctors’ original analysis “didn’t turn up anything bad,” but around 1 a.m. Two hours later, when Nikulshina got home, Verzilov “woke up and said he was starting to lose his sight.” “Between eight and ten, his condition got exponentially worse. And that’s just a start. Verzilov’s friends told Meduza that his mother came to the hospital on the evening of September 12, but staff wouldn’t let her see her son, and even refused to describe his condition or inform her about his preliminary diagnosis. (More here.)
How long would it be before someone in Pussy Riot suffered the same fate?
Was he poisoned by Putin’s people? A member of Pussy Riot hospitalized in critical condition.