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Russian-Canadian Pussy Riot member treated in Berlin for suspected poisoning

FILE In this file photo taken on Monday, July 23, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, gestures during hearings in a court in Moscow, Russia. Russian news reports say Verzilov a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning.
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September 17, 2018 - 6:00 AM

BERLIN - A Russian-Canadian member of the protest group Pussy Riot is being treated in Berlin after falling severely ill, with fellow activists alleging he was poisoned.

Pyotr Verzilov was flown to the German capital late Saturday.

Verzilov was first hospitalized in Moscow on Tuesday and had remained in intensive care, Pussy Riot members said this week.

Maria Alekhina, a member of the group, told The Associated Press that he regained consciousness Friday.

Verzilov, his partner Veronika Nikulshina and two other Pussy Riot members served 15-day jail sentences for running onto field in Moscow where soccer's World Cup final was being played in July.

Their protest of what they described as the excessive powers of Russia's police briefly disrupted the match.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said consular officials are "engaged with this situation," but that it was too early to draw conclusions about how Verzilov had fallen ill.

On Sunday, a spokesman for the prime minister said Trudeau's position remained unchanged, and a spokesman for Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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