Russia: Pussy Riot activist may have medicine poisoning

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(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko). In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia.  Verzilov is reported Wednesday S... (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko). In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Verzilov is reported Wednesday S...
(AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File). FILE - In this July 15, 2018, stewards pull Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot off the pitch after he stormed onto the field and interrupted the final match between France and Croatia at ... (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File). FILE - In this July 15, 2018, stewards pull Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot off the pitch after he stormed onto the field and interrupted the final match between France and Croatia at ...
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Russian political activist Nadya Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, stands with her husband Pyotr Verzilov as they join Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the... (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Russian political activist Nadya Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, stands with her husband Pyotr Verzilov as they join Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the...

MOSCOW (AP) - Doctors say a hospitalized member of protest group Pussy Riot may have been poisoned by an overdose of medication.

Independent news website Meduza reported Thursday that Pyotr Verzilov's doctors told his relatives that he either overdosed on medicine or was given too much medicine. The report did not specify the substance.

Fellow Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina told The Associated Press that the report was accurate but wouldn't comment further.

Friends insisted that Verzilov hadn't been taking medications or using drugs. Verzilov has been hospitalized in Moscow since Tuesday.

Verzilov and other activists served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting July's World Cup final to protest excessive Russian police powers.

Speaking to The AP last week, Verzilov said, "Public protest in Russia is the only way to actually change anything."

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