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Two years in prison is too harsh, but Russian band does deserve some punishment

I APPLAUD Russian authorities for convicting Pussy Riot — the very name suggesting sex and violence — of committing a hate crime against religion. The band willfully, 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. Many of them — especially the older and religiously devout — may actually have been seriously traumatized.

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