Pussy Riot member possibly poisoned...

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In a September 18 report the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta said that on the day he was hospitalized, Verzilov was to have received a report from "foreign specialists" investigating the killings in C.A.R.

Russian journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Aleksandr Rastorguyev, and Kirill Radchenko, were killed on July 30 in C.A.R., where they were working on a documentary about the possible activities there of a shadowy Russian paramilitary group with alleged Kremlin ties.

The Novaya Gazeta report, which cited sources it did not name, said that Verzilov was a close friend of Rastorguyev and had himself been planning to travel to C.A.R. with the trio but decided to remain in Russia to support jailed Kremlin opponents.
Berlin Hospital Says 'Highly Plausible' Russian Activist Was Poisoned
 
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A German hospital says it has discharged Russian dissident activist Pyotr Verzilov after he made significant progress in his recovery from suspected poisoning.

The Charite hospital in Berlin said that Verzilov was discharged on September 26. He arrived in the German capital in mid-September after initial treatment in Moscow.

"The patient's health has considerably improved," the hospital said in a statement, adding the "absorption" of a poison was the "most plausible explanation" for Verzilov's ill-health.

Verzilov, 30, fell ill in Moscow on September 11 with symptoms that his friends say included diminished eyesight and an inability to speak or move.

After his initial treatment in the Russian capital, he was transferred to the Charite hospital.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the punk art collective Pussy Riot and Verzilov's ex-wife, said in an interview with Current Time TV that he and those close to him were under around-the-clock protection by German police while he received treatment for the suspected poisoning.

Tolokonnikova told Current Time TV, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA, that police in Berlin implemented the security measures after a friend of the activist reported being followed by unidentified men.
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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.

He was flown 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".

The Berlin Charité hospital where he was treated issued a press release on 18 September stating Mr Verzilov was admitted with "symptoms of poisoning".

Staff now believe that, although there are no traces of poison in his system, there is no other explanation for his condition.
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