Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, have endured a trial
reminiscent of the Inquisition, according to jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Charged with hooliganism and inciting religious hatred after performing a song in political protest
against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral, the women faced a possible seven-years in jail.
Prosecutor Alexander Nikiforov has reportedly
asked for sentences of three-years for each of the women, telling the court that "three years would take into account the fact that two of the defendants are young mothers."
Nikiforov argued the women "set themselves off against the Orthodox world and sought to devalue traditions and dogmas that have been formed for the centuries." The BBC
reported he urged "requisite punishment must be a real deprivation of freedom".
had earlier weighed in with his opinion on the trial that has caused sharp divisions in Russia, saying that if convicted "I don't think that they should be judged too harsh."