A Russian court found feminist punk rockers Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism Friday, sentencing them each to two years in prison for their performance of a "punk prayer" at a Moscow cathedral.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Ekaterina Samutsevich, 29, performed a short gig at Moscow's largest Orthodox church in February in protest of President Vladimir Putin's reelection. "Mother of God," they sang. "Drive Putin away."
The group then posted video of the incident online.
Pussy Riot received an outpouring of international support during their trial, from fellow artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Patti Smith, Madonna and Paul McCartney.
In a letter to the band published on his Web site, Paul McCartney wrote: