Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I love how serious news reporters keep a straight-laced approach when reporting on this situation and the band name
In regards to the OP issue, seven years in prison? That is Taliban bad yo!!
When they did this same guerrilla gig stunt in Red Square the band was given a realistically small fine. They probably assumed this sacreligious gig would receive similar punishment. The Russian government is clearly pandering to the conservative Christian community, even if many Christians think several years in prison is a bit excessive a punishment. I pray these ladies receive a reasonable punishment, even a few months in jail seems excessive. I am as Orthodox as anyone, and if some local sort-of-punk band broke into our parish and performed a guerrilla street gig in front of our Altar, I would be crucially offended. However, I wouldn't let anger overpower sensible judgement, and I wouldn't want that band to have to serve jail time for what is realistically a faux pas more than a crime
As a note of bias, I am a guerrilla street performer, so I support and relate to street music when performed illegally. You have to be ready to straight RUN so you keep all your gear ready to pack up in an instant, it is a very nervous but rewarding experience to share music with people where music isn't expected. Further, in this iPod era, it is nice to put live and actual music into people's daily routines, so that we can all share a musical moment together. However, in a sacred place like a Church or even a synagogue or a mosque, this is blatantly flippant.