A Pussy Riot husband is bashing the Russian government, which sentenced his wife and two other women, to two years in prison for protesting at a famous Russian Orthodox cathedral.
"Everyone was amazed that (Vladimir) Putin decided to give this brutal sentence to girls for singing a protest song inside a churchÂ—no one was expecting that," said Pyotr Verzilov, husband of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. "This would never happen in any Western country, it's just not possible."
Verzilov is correct in stating that this type of judicial travesty would never occur in a Western nation. There was no proportionality in this sentence. But, he lives in Russia, which has its own system of rules and values. The female performance artists made a huge mistake by using a Russian Orthodox Church to stage its protest event.
But defiling the church, Pussy Riot wound up alienating fellow Russians who might agree on some level with their complaints about Putin's government. But, Pussy Riot's protest was so offensive and disrespectful, that nearly half of Russians still actually believe the girls should have been jailed.