Like some other posters here, I'm not a fan of crashing a church to make a political point, however valid; and several of the band's reported actions would probably be illegal in most
But you know what? Let's play out what would've happened if the incidents had happened in, say, St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC:
At worst, the girls would've been arrested, read their rights, and held for a definite, limited time before trial. They might have faced civil & criminal charges ... only, it'd be before a jury of unbought, unintimidated peers; before a judge who didn't directly owe his independence and safety to the President whom the defendants are insulting; and against an independent plaintiff who wasn't the aggrieved President's handpuppet. They'd have gotten something ranging from simple probation, to time served, to a couple months in stir at worst.
And no one could honestly say that the political target whose chain the girls were jerking had interfered at all—much less cheated and manipulated like a pro-wrestling villain. Neither could anyone reasonably claim that the "church" they'd invaded was something closer to a bought-and-paid-for, corrupt arm of the government and its head of state.
But that's not how it works in Russia, and that's
what people are torqued about—rightly so. You don't have to approve of public disorder or disrespect churches to be on the defendants' side (with reservations), or to infer dismal things about the country that imprisoned them.