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Ex-Pussy Riot Members Consider Political Run and Hollywood Offers

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Nadezhda Tolonnikova (L) and Maria Alyoshina of Pussy Riot (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Nadezhda Tolonnikova (L) and Maria Alyoshina of Pussy Riot (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

By Scott T. Sterling

Just a few months ago, Nadia Tolokonnikov and Maria Alekhina were Russian political prisoners, jailed for their role in punk collective Pussy Riot‘s infamous performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior church.

After being freed ahead of schedule after nearly two years behind bars, the two women have left/been asked to leave Pussy Riot, appeared onstage with Madonna at an Amnesty International event, interviewed by Stephen Colbert and are now said to be considering both political aspirations and pitches from Hollywood movie studios.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the women were being interviewed at a German film festival when Tolokonnikov mentioned that they were pondering the possibility of running for seats on Moscow’s city parliament later on this year.

“We were not in prison for 26 years and unlike Nelson Mandela, I don’t think we shall run for president, but the Moscow city government, yes, that’s worth a try,” Tolonnikova revealed today (Feb. 10) at a press conference during the Cinema for Peace film festival in Berlin, where they appeared alongside Kweku Mandela (grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela).

While they consider a future in Russian politics, the press conference also revealed that the former Pussy Riot-ers are currently weighing offers from Hollywood studios regarding a movie based on their life stories.

“We have some offers but we cannot say from whom, nothing is agreed,” Tolokonnikov said, joking that “It’s like Star Wars! We’ve had some offers but we cannot say anything at the moment.”

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