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Russian activist flown to Berlin after being 'poisoned'

IANS  |  Moscow 

A member of the Russian group Riot, has been flown to for specialist medical treatment following a suspected poisoning in

Pyotr Verzilov, who ran on to the pitch during World Cup final, reportedly fell ill after a court hearing on Tuesday and was taken to hospital in a serious condition, the reported on Sunday.

His symptoms allegedly included losing his sight and ability to speak.

His flight to was reportedly organised by the Cinema for

A fellow member, his former wife Nadya Tolokonnikova, is said to have welcomed him at the airport.

A short video and photographs that appear to show him on the plane, then being transported on a stretcher, were shared by German tabloid Bild.

Verzilov was one of four members of the group to invade the pitch, dressed in a police officer's uniform, during final between and on July 15.

It was part of a against brutality after a series of torture allegations were reported from prisons and police interrogation rooms across the country, said.



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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 10:28 IST