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Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, photographed on September 7 2018.

Pyotr Verzilov, who has Canadian and Russian citizenship, was admitted to a clinic in Moscow on Tuesday after becoming ill after a court hearing.

Described by the staff as in a "serious" state, the 30-year-old was initially treated in intensive care and then regained consciousness. However, he still experienced hallucinations and delirium, his girlfriend told the Russian press on Friday.

Late Saturday, he was transferred to Germany aboard a medical helicopter hired by Cinema for Peace Foundation, an NGO that has long supported the band's activism.

Upon his arrival, he met Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, his estranged wife, who told a German newspaper that the poisoning might have been an attempt to kill him.

"I am working on the principle that he was the victim of an act of intimidation or attempted murder," he told Bild's Sunday edition.

Speaking to a Russian website on Friday, his girlfriend Veronika Nikulshina, also an activist with Pussy Riot, said it was "definitely intoxication."

She said she had been given a "large dose" of anticholinergic medications, which are used to treat a variety of problems, including lung conditions. His family said he was not taking any medication.

Poison test

Verzilov's collapse on Tuesday came after he and Nikulshina served a 15-day prison sentence along with two other Pussy Riot members for invading the field during the World Cup final in July to highlight the abuses of the Russian police.

Jaka Bizilj, who chairs the Film for Peace Foundation, said the NGO had urgently sent an air ambulance to take it to Berlin for testing.

"It was important for the family to be hospitalized as quickly as possible outside of Russia," he told Bild.

"We hope it's possible in Berlin to help him quickly and see if he was poisoned in Russia, and how," he added.

The newspaper said that the German government also participated in talks to transfer it to Berlin.

Another Pussy Riot member, Maria Alyokhina, told the state news agency RIA Novosti that Tolokonnikova had also participated in the organization of the airlift.

"They found a doctor there, he will give a diagnosis and treat it," he said.

When writing on Facebook, his girlfriend, Nikulshina, expressed relief at being moved out of Russia.

"Three times they rush to all those who wrote, called, visited, cried and sang: we are in Berlin, everything is fine," he wrote.