Here's the catch, though. they were not objecting to the church's existence but to the integration of church and state - to the fact that, in Russia under Vladimir Putin in their view, they have become one and the same.
Their 'punk prayer' was to the Virgin Mary to remove Vladimir Putin from power.
They were charged with 'hooliganism' - i.e., extreme disturbance of the peace but their crime was really speaking their minds. Yes, they disturbed some worshippers but two years in hard labor camps as a sentence? The issue was not 'disturbance of the peace' but freedom of speech.
Several members of Pussy Riot spoke with Steven Colbert the other evening. Here's the Newsweek article about Pussy Riot which contains two embedded video segments: Pussy Riot Takes America
France: President Francois Hollande Will Not Attend 2014 Winter Olympics In Russia's Sochi
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