BERLIN (AP) — A member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot is being treated in Berlin after falling severely ill, with fellow activists saying he was poisoned.

Pyotr Verzilov was flown to the German capital late Saturday.

FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, Pyotr Verzilov invading the pitch, runs away as a steward tries to stop him during the France and Croatia 2018 World Cup final match in the Luzhniki Stadium 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. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

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

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 chairman of the Helsinki Commission in seeking action to stop violations of human rights by pro-Russian militants in the Ukraine region, at the Capitol in Washington. 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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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.

Source: The Associated Press

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