Peter Verzilov Pussy Riot
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Pussy Riot member Peter Verzilov is reportedly in critical condition at Moscow’s Bakhrushin City Clinical Hospital due to possible poisoning.

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Verzilov was hospitalized late Tuesday September 11 and placed in critical condition. He is currently receiving treatment in the toxicology wing of Moscow’s Bakhrushin Hospital.

According to his partner, Veronika Nikulshina, Verzilov started feeling unwell shortly after a court hearing on Tuesday. He laid down around 6 that evening to rest and two hours later “woke up and said he was starting to lose his sight.”

“Between eight and ten, his condition got exponentially worse,” Nikulshina tells Meduza. “First it was his vision, then his ability to speak, and then his ability to walk.”

“When the paramedics arrived, he answered all their questions, saying, ‘No, I didn’t eat anything. No, I didn’t take anything.’ He was getting worse even faster, and then he started convulsing. On the way [to the hospital], in the ambulance, he was already babbling. […] He fell into such a half-asleep, half-unconscious state that he stopped responding to me and didn’t even recognize me anymore.”

Verzilov’s mother arrived at the hospital the evening of September 12 but the hospital staff refused to let her see him or be made aware of his current condition.

“[At the hospital] they said they don’t have the right to disclose any information… They sent her away and were rude. They said they can’t admit her. They kept pointing at this sheet of paper, saying that they can’t disclose [any information] until the patient signs a release himself, but he’s unconscious,” a friend tells Meduza.

Nikulshina states the doctor’s original analysis “didn’t turn up anything bad” but that Verzilov was suddenly moved to the toxicology wing around 1AM.

“The doctor only said that his condition was serious, but his behavior was improving and he’d started responding to his own name,”says Nikulshina, who states the hospital staff have been refusing to tell her if he’d been diagnosed with “poisoning.”

At this time no confirmation has been made on the cause of Verzilov’s illness.

AP sends positive thoughts to Verzilov, his family, friends, and Pussy Riot.