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Pussy Riot links member’s ‘poisoning’ to murder probe

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Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Wednesday linked the suspected poisoning of member Pyotr Verzilov with his attempt to investigate the deaths of three Russian journalists in Africa.

The journalists were shot dead on July 30 in the Central African Republic (CAR) while probing a shadowy Russian mercenary group for a project founded by Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Verzilov’s estranged wife, told the independent channel TV Dozhd that he received a report on the killings a day before falling ill last week.

“We think that (Verzilov’s involvement in the inquiry) is one of the possible scenarios because Petya could be of interest to Russian secret services or state structures including in the Central African Republic,” she said, using a shorter version of his name.

Verzilov, who has both Canadian and Russian citizenship, was admitted to a Moscow clinic on September 11 following a court hearing, with symptoms including vision loss and disorientation.

He was flown to Germany on Saturday by the Cinema for Peace Foundation NGO. Doctors say he is now out of danger.

Tolokonnikova has already commented that Verzilov’s illness was probably the result of an “assassination attempt”.

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Verzilov, who works for the Mediazona news site that focuses on courts and prisons, was making a film with one of those killed in Africa, acclaimed documentary director Alexander Rastorguyev.

‘SENSATIONAL INFORMATION’

Tolokonnikova told Dozhd that Verzilov’s cell phone showed he had received a report on September 10 from a CAR contact who was investigating the journalists’ deaths.

Tolokonnikova said Verzilov had told her he expected “sensational information”.

Only Verzilov knew the password to access the report, and he was still “in a quite unstable condition,” she said.

A doctor treating Verzilov at Berlin’s Charite hospital said Tuesday it was “highly plausible that it was a case of poisoning.”

Tolokonnikova told Dozhd that she and other people close to Verzilov thought he might also have been poisoned for taking part in a pitch invasion at the World Cup final in Moscow to protest against police abuses.

That action “possibly upset many” people, she said.



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Covid-19: Kenya records 66 new cases

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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the ministry has recorded 12 fatalities in the last 24 hours. [File, Standard]

Kenya has recorded 66 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, a positivity rate of 3.6 percent, raising the country’s caseload to 163,620. 
The Health Ministry said in a statement that the new infections were discovered in 1,833 samples taking to the cumulated tests conducted so far to 1,721,122.
Out of the new patients, 45 are male, whereas 21 are female, with the youngest carrier aged six, and the oldest aged 81.
Of the new cases, one is a foreigner, while the rest were Kenyans.
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In terms of counties distribution, Nairobi recorded 32 cases, Kisii 11, Meru 5, Uasin Gishu 4, Nakuru 3, Elgeyo Mrakwet, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kericho, Kiambu, Laikipia, Mombasa, Nandi, Nyandarua, Trans Nzoia and Turkana a case each.
In terms of sub-county distribution, the 32 cases in Nairobi are from Westlands (4), Langata and Starehe (3) cases each, Embakasi West, Kasarani, Kibra, Makadara and Roysambu (2) cases each while Dagoretti North, South, Embakasi Central, East, North, South and Ruaraka (1) case each.
In Kisii, the 11 cases are from Bonchari and Kitutu Chache (4) cases each while Bomachoge Borabu (3) cases.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya’s Covid-19 toll reached 2,907 on Saturday after 12 were confirmed dead in the last 24 hours.
A total of 1,122 patients are currently admitted to various health facilities countrywide, while 4,783 patients are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

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One hundred and thirty-four (134) patients are in the ICU, 23 of whom are on ventilatory support and 85 on supplemental oxygen. Twenty-six (26) patients are on observation.
Another 89 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 83 of them in general wards and six (8) in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).
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Kenya has as of today, vaccinated 917,068 against the Covid-19 disease countrywide.
Of these 280,876 are aged 58 years and above together with others, Health workers are 160,947, teachers so far vaccinated are 143,684, security officers 77,417 while 254,144 are the other categories.

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