Doctors confirm Pussy Riot’s Peter Verzilov was poisoned

The activist was hospitalised last week after falling ill in Russia

Pussy Riot member Peter Verzilov was poisoned last week (September 12), doctors have confirmed.

The activist was hospitalised in a critical condition after falling ill in Russia. His friends and family, including fellow Pussy Riot members, suspected he had been poisoned, according to reports.

Verzilov fell ill after attending a court hearing for the group’s Veronika Nikulshina. He passed out and felt like he was losing his eyesight when he regained consciousness.

According to a statement issued by Pussy Riot, doctors from the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin hospital confirmed at a press conference today (September 18) that it was their medical belief that Verzilov had been poisoned in Moscow.

The statement added that the activist was still suffering from amnesia, dizziness, and confusion, but described him as being in “good spirits” as his condition improved. “If you ask Peter why do you think you were poisoned,” it read.

“He most likely will tell you about the recent arrest of Igor Sechin, whether there is mobile connection in Arctic or not, about Marina Abramović and Ulay’s performances, and his postmodernist phantasies. It may be scary, but most of the time Peter still has his unique sense of humor. When he saw me and Nika Nikulshina yesterday, he said, ‘So good to see you without handcuffs.’”

The group also explained: “It’s important to realize that Peter’s life was in danger. He might be dead now if Nika Nikulshina was not around to help him.”

Verzilov was one of four Pussy Riot members jailed after invading the pitch during the World Cup Final in July. They were sentenced to 15-days in prison and banned from attending sporting events for three years. 

Verzilov and Nikulshina were also arrested earlier this month (September 9) in separate incidents.