Moscow: A member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, has been flown to Berlin for specialist medical treatment following a suspected poisoning in Moscow. Also Read - Russian Couples Kiss Inside Packed Metro Trains to Protest Covid-19 Restrictions, Trigger Criticism
Pyotr Verzilov, who ran on to the pitch during the FIFA World Cup final, reportedly fell ill after a court hearing on Tuesday and was taken to hospital in a serious condition, the BBC reported on Sunday. Also Read - Pakistan Among Countries Funnelling Dirty Money to UK: Report
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His flight to Germany was reportedly organised by the Cinema for Peace Foundation.
A fellow Pussy Riot member, his former wife Nadya Tolokonnikova, is said to have welcomed him at the airport.
A short video and photographs that appear to show him on the plane, then being transported on a stretcher, were shared by German tabloid Bild.
Verzilov was one of four members of the group to invade the pitch, dressed in a police officer’s uniform, during the World Cup final between France and Croatia on July 15.
It was part of a protest against Russian police brutality after a series of torture allegations were reported from prisons and police interrogation rooms across the country, the Guardian said.