Freed Pussy Riot members say they may run for Moscow city parliament

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BERLIN—Two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot say they may run for seats in this year’s election for the Moscow city parliament.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right) and Maria Alekhina of Pussy Riot participate in a news conference of the Cinema For Peace foundation in Berlin Monday.

Nadia Tolokonnikov, appearing alongside fellow band member Maria Alekhina at an event on the sidelines of the Berlin film festival Monday, said the move into politics “is worth a try.”

The election will most likely be held in September, although no exact date has been set.

Tolokonnikov and Alekhina were released in December after nearly two years in jail. They were convicted of hooliganism after staging a protest in a Russian church.

They say third Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, who was released in October 2012, won’t be involved in the work of their human rights organization Zone of Law, which will campaign on behalf of prisoners.

Geographic location: Moscow, Berlin

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