Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Freeland Monitoring Suspected Poisoning of Canadian Pussy Riot Member

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Freeland Monitoring Suspected Poisoning of Canadian Pussy Riot Member

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Freeland monitors Canadian Pussy Riot patient

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OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says she is taking a personal interest in the possible poisoning of a Canadian member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot.

German doctors have been treating a Pyotr Verzilov, a Pussy Riot member, since he arrived in Berlin on the weekend from Moscow.

One physician told reporters on Tuesday that claims Verzilov was poisoned are "highly plausible."

But doctors don't know how it could have happened or who might be responsible.

Dr. Kai-Uwe Eckardt of Berlin's Charite hospital told reporters that Verzilov's condition is not life threatening.

Freeland said Tuesday that she spoke with Verzilov's mother on Friday and assured his family he will have the government's full support because he is a Canadian citizen. …

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