In America, Dave Mustaine can claim President Barack Obama orchestrated the killing of a dozen people in Colorado and simply receive mockery and anger over the Internet.
In Russia? Well...
A Moscow judge has sentenced the members of Pussy Riot to two years in prison because the group sang a "punk prayer" in the city's main cathedral earlier this year, dancing and marching around while asking the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin, who was elected to a third term as the nation's leader two weeks later.
Despite protests around the world from international rights group - and outcries from artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Madonna - Judge Marina Syrova explained in her verdict that the three musicians "committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred."