Pussy Riot member Peter Verzilov has been detained in Moscow by the anti-extremism division of police, Associated Press reports. According to Russian alternative media outlet Mediazona, which was founded by two fellow Pussy Riot members and is published by Verzilov, unidentified men broke Verzilov's door down on Sunday (6/21) morning, seizing him.

Russian news agency TASS cites a police report that says the apprehension of Verzilov was related to an investigation. They did not provide further details.

Pussy Riot had posted a message on Facebook on Sunday morning, reading "Pussy Riot's Peter Verzilov is nowhere to be found. At 7 am Moscow time his door was broken by the police, and he disappeared (for more than 6 hrs now).‬ In 2018 Verzilov was poisoned by the Russian government and almost died."

In a new statement, they write:

On the 21th of June, at 7 am moscow time, 20 policemen cut out the door of Pussy Riot's Peter Verzilov with a grinder. Police, including a police dog, were led by three officers of the Investigative Committee. They conducted a search. The search report states that Verzilov’s items were seized “confirming involvement in the organization of the riots, as well as confirming the involvement of others in the use of violence against government officials”. Verzilov was searched without a court order.

Peter did not have a chance to contact his relatives of his lawyer. He was brought to the police department o be interrogated. For 13 hours, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., interrogation was carried out under the direction of Major General Rustam Gabdulin (a cop known for developing political cases). Peter was questioned as the organizer of the "riots" in Moscow on July 27, 2019. The police were mainly interested in questions about rallies, Verzilov's ties with Navalny, and how exactly he “coordinated the riots”. On July 27, 2019, Peter was not in Russia. He was in Estonia in a meeting with the Estonian president.

At the second Peter left the police department after hours of interrogation, he was attacked and thrown on a ground by a provocateur hired by Putin's political police to initiate a "fight" with Peter. Peter was immediately re-arrested again. The provocateur was (obviously) let go, but Peter was charged with "hooliganism" for a fight (up to 15 days of arrest).

Peter spent his night in a police department (which is not suitable for sleeping). Today Peter is expecting to appear in front of the court. Most likely, he'll get a few weeks of arrests for "hooliganism". It's still not clear what will happen with accusations of "organizing mass riots" (it's a serious crime punished by years in jail).

Verzilov was one of four Pussy Riot members arrested during a field invasion of the 2018 World Cup Final in Moscow. In September of the same year, German doctors confirmed that Verzilov has been poisoned, causing him to lose motor skills, his ability to speak, and his sense of sight.