Pussy Riot member said to regain consciousness in hospital

FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, Pyotr Verzilov invading the pitch, runs away as a steward tries to stop him during the France and Cro

FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, Pyotr Verzilov invading the pitch, runs away as a steward tries to stop him during the France and Cro

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Russian political activist Nadya Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, stands wi

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Russian political activist Nadya Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, stands wi

FILE In this file photo taken on Monday, July 23, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, gestures during hearings in

FILE In this file photo taken on Monday, July 23, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, gestures during hearings in

FILE. In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018 file photo, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, gestures as he escorted to the cou

FILE. In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018 file photo, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot, gestures as he escorted to the cou

In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the Asso

In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the Asso

In this photo taken dated Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the A

In this photo taken dated Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the A

FILE - In this July 15, 2018, stewards pull Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot off the pitch after he stormed onto the

FILE - In this July 15, 2018, stewards pull Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot off the pitch after he stormed onto the

MOSCOW (AP) — A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a fellow activist who was hospitalized for possible poisoning has regained consciousness.

Group member Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press via Facebook that Pyotr Verzilov regained consciousness on Friday, but remained in intensive care. Verzilov has been in the hospital since falling ill Tuesday.

Alekhina said she thinks he definitely was poisoned and "there's nothing other than politics" behind it.

Independent Russian news website Meduza reported Thursday that Verzilov's doctors told his relatives he either overdosed on medicine or was given too much medicine. Meduza did not specify the substance.

Verzilov and other activists served 15-day jail sentences for disrupting July's World Cup final to protest excessive Russian police powers.