Nadezhda Tolokonnikova says Pyotr Verzilov’s family is spied on in Berlin
Law enforcement authorities have taken Pyotr Verzilov and his family under their protection.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a Pussy Riot activist, said that friends and relatives of Pyotr Verzilov (another group member) are being spied on in Berlin.
Since September 22, people have been following them, people "looking very much like Russian E-officers [employees of the Department for Countering Extremism]," Tolokonnikova wrote on Facebook. In an interview with Deutsche Welle, she noted that they were Slavs and looked "suspicious".
Hunter Heaney, the head of the American human rights organization The Voice Project, who participated in the investigation into the death of the Russian journalists in the CAR together with Verzilov, spoke of the alleged surveillance as well. The human rights activist said that on September 22 and 23 he was followed by people from law enforcement agencies dressed in civilian clothes.
Hunter Heaney turned to the police, after which the law enforcement authorities took Pyotr Verzilov and his family under their protection.
The Pussy Riot member and Mediazona publisher was hospitalized on the evening of September 11. According to his friend, Veronika Nikulshina, he started losing his vision, speech and mobility. In mid-September, he was taken to Berlin for better treatment. The German clinic said Verzilov had probably been poisoned, but there has been no official diagnosis so far.