I applaud the Russian authorities for convicting Pussy Riot of committing a hate crime against religion. The band wilfully, maliciously and blasphemously desecrated a Russian Orthodox church.
Everyone has a right to freedom of expression. This includes those who were attending the religious service in question.
These people's rights were obviously denied and violated by the surprise guerrilla invasion.
I believe a two-year sentence is rather harsh. I would rather have seen the girls forced to attend Holy Mass each day followed by an hour of Bible school.
In this way their punishment could be served out in the form of rehabilitation.