Three members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of hooliganism after performing a song criticizing President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church, Russia's state news agency reported.Putin is letting all of Russia know that he don't play games while creating political martyrs out of a few crazy chicks who don't appear to be all that threatening.
The charge, which carries a potential seven-year sentence, stems from an unusual performance they gave in February.
"Mother Mary please drive Putin away," the band screamed, their faces covered in neon masks, inside Moscow's Christ Savior Cathedral.
The anonymous, feminist protest band called it a punk prayer.
Seven years is a long time to spend in prison for a song criticizing the president of a supposedly democratic state while pissing on Russian society's most enduring institution.
In their favor: World-wide artistic cred. Nothing says 'talking back to the man' quite like risking prison over it.