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Member of Pussy Riot may Have Been Poisoned

Some fear Cold War spy tactics are at work in illness.

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The highly controversial band Pussy Riot, whose songs often tackle heated issues like feminism, LGBT rights, and even Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin, are back in the headlines.

Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the group who fell ill earlier this week and treated in Moscow, was flown to Germany to be treated by doctors in Berlin. The cause of illness was unclear but Verzilov was experiencing loss of memory, and wasn’t able to walk or respond to doctors attending him. Reports linked the illness to poisoning.

Verzilov was one of the band members who ran across the field during the World Cup final, making headlines all over the world.

The New York Times reported Verzilov was treated at the Charite Hospital, and Dr. Kai-Uwe Eckardt confirmed to local reporters that his symptoms were consistent with possible poisoning. “We are working on the assumption of a poisoning that has lasted about a week,” Eckardt said. “Test results indicate certain active ingredients, but the exact substance has not yet been determined.”

The band wrote on Twitter that they still haven’t heard the full story from Verzilov himself, as he is still unable to speak.

No comment was made by the Russian government.

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