Pussy Riot member held by Russian ‘anti-extremism’ police

Russian state media cites a police source as saying Pyotr Verzilov was arrested as part of an investigation.

Pussy-riot activist Pyotr Verzilov talks with a journalist during an interview in an apartment in Berlin on September 27, 2018. Verzilov was able to leave the hospital after 11 days of care the Charit
Pyotr Verzilov was reportedly seized at his apartment by unidentified men who broke down the door [Christoph Soeder/AFP]

Russian state news agency Tass says a prominent member of the protest group Pussy Riot has been held by the police “anti-extremism” division.

The Mediazona website reported that Pyotr Verzilov was seized at his apartment by unidentified men who broke down the door on Sunday morning.

Tass cited a police source as saying Verzilov was arrested as part of an investigation but did not report further details.

Verzilov publishes Mediazona. He attracted worldwide attention in 2018 when he and three other Pussy Riot activists entered the field of the World Cup final in Moscow to protest police brutality, an action for which they served 15 days in jail.

Two months later, he became severely ill from what group members suspected was poisoning and was flown to Germany for treatment.

Russian feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot performs on the stage during the “Festival Sem Censura” in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 30, 2020. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFPVerzilov staged a brief pitch invasion during the football World Cup final in Moscow in July along with three women affiliated with the anti-Kremlin punk band [Miguel Schincariol/AFP]
Source: AP

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