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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.

Verzilov, who has a daughter with bandmate and activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was flown from Moscow 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".

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Mr Verzilov was jailed for 15 days for his part in a World Cup pitch invasion in Russia in July
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Mr Verzilov was jailed for 15 days for his part in a World Cup pitch invasion in Russia in July
Activist Pyotr Verzilov 'poisoned by Russia'
Pussy Riot's Pyotr Verzilov tells the BBC he believes Russian law enforcement agencies poisoned him.

Pussy Riot activist was probably poisoned say doctors

Pyotr Verzilov
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Doctors in Germany have confirmed that Pytor Verzilov, an activist with the Russian protest punk group was probably the victim of a poisoning attempt.

He was taken ill after a court hearing in Moscow last week and flown to Berlin after arriving at hospital in a serious condition.

The 30-year-old's symptoms reportedly included losing his sight and the ability to speak.

Mr Verzilov is best known for taking part in a protest at the Football World Cup Final earlier this year.

He is married to fellow Pssy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (pictured below).

Dr Kai-Uwe Eckardt from Berlin's Charité hospital said it was "highly plausible that it was a case of poisoning".

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
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Pussy Riot activist reported to be seriously ill in hospital

Pyotr Verzilov
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Pyotr Verzilov, one of the feminist punk band's activists who was arrested after invading the World Cup Final pitch, is reported to have been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Relatives told a a Russian news website they believed he may have suffered poisoning but there is no official word on his condition.

Mr Verzilov is married to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (below), the Pussy Riot member who was sentenced in 2012 to two years in jail for a performance at a Moscow cathedral and has since become an internationally known activist.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
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He reportedly fell ill after a court hearing on Tuesday for fellow Pussy Riot activist Veronika Nikulshina.

Ms Nikulshina told Meduza that Mr Verzilov had complained of losing his sight, "then the ability to talk, then the ability to walk".

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Pussy Riot member Maria talks about her hopes for new book and show

Pussy Riot member Masha Alekhina talks about her new book and Edinburgh Fringe show

The punk activist, one of the original members of the feminist protest group, has said she "escaped" Russia to travel to the Edinburgh Fringe for her new show.

Maria Alyokhina claims the Russian government banned her from leaving the country but she defied the ban to make it to Scotland's capital.

The show is a combination of electronica, theatre, documentary and protest and is called Pussy Riot: Riot Days.

The show runs until 19 August and is based on Maria's book of the same name and tells her account of the arrest, trial and imprisonment.

6 Music's Clare Crane has been speaking to Maria to find out more.

Pussy Riot member Masha Alekhina talks about her new book and Edinburgh Fringe show

Pussy Riot member Masha Alekhina talks about her new book and Edinburgh Fringe show