Russian-Canadian member of Pussy Riot discharged from hospital after suspected poisoning

Peter Verzilov, the Russian-Canadian member of Pussy Riot who suddenly and mysteriously fell very ill after leaving a Russian courtroom. He lost his sight, his ability to speak and control of his limbs. Fortunately, his father was able to evacuate him to a hospital in Berlin where he underwent treatment.

What happened? He believes he was poisoned by Russian agents in retaliation for being a pain in the ass for Vladimir Putin over things like human rights abuses.

Verzilov has now been discharged and is somewhere in Berlin under the protection of German police. Why? Because Peter’s family and friends believe that they were being followed by Russian syloviky–members of various Russian law enforcement agencies.

Here’s a statement from the band:

Peter Verzilov believes that Russian siloviky are in charge of his poisoning. German doctors say that they have not seen anything like Peter’s case before. An agent he was poisoned with is almost impossible to identify, and it gives such a long-lasting effects on Peter’s physical and mental health as none of the existing poisons.

Peter’s lawyers filed a legal paper to the Investigative Committee of Russia asking to investigate an attempt of Peter’s murder. As German doctors said at the press-conference on 18th of September, Peter would be dead if his partner Nika Nikulshina was not around at the day of poisoning to call an ambulance.

We demand the Russian officials to start investigating this case and open a criminal case to find out what happened to Peter.

Again we ask, “Vlad? Was that you?”

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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