Tuesday 21 October 2014

Pussy Riot 'to appear in House of Cards'

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Published 13/08/2014 | 18:07

Two members of Pussy Riot, the Russian anti-Putin punk activist group whose members were jailed for protesting in Moscow, are reportedly expected to appear in the next season of hit political show House of Cards.

According to City Paper, two sources associated with the show’s production team have said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were on the Baltimore set of House of Cards in the US, and that they would be appearing in season three . The sources reportedly wished to remain anonymous.

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards

"Nadezhda and Maria from Pussy Riot were on set, and are in season 3 of HoC,” a staffer told the paper in a message.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released from a Russian prison last year after being held for 21 months. They have made several trips to the US since their release. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal in May, the pair said they had met with House of Cards staff in New York to “learn how to do a political movie”.

“It’s important for us to meet people who are doing political cinema in the US because in Russia, it doesn’t exist,” Ms Alyokhina said. “And we want to know how it happens.”

The Pussy Riot members are also set to sue the Russian government for their imprisonment after they staged a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s biggest cathedral in 2012.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are taking their actions to the European Court of Human Rights to seek €120,000 each in compensation, as well as €10,000 for court fees.

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