MOSCOW, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The United States Embassy in Russia criticised the two-year sentences handed down by a Russian court to three women whod staged an anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow's main cathedral, saying the punishment seemed "disproportionate".

"Today's sentence in the Pussy Riot case looks disproportionate to the actions," the U.S. Embassy in Russia wrote on its Twitter microblog in Russian.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • A security guard at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, right, runs toward Pussy Riot supporters holding Cyrillic letters reading "Blessed are The Merciful" in Moscow, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Novaya Gazeta, Yevgeny Feldman)

  • An unidentified supporter of Pussy Riot speaks to the assembled press outside the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in Moscow, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

  • Mikhail Kriger

    Russian police officers detain opposition activist Mikhail Kriger during an unsanctioned opposition rally in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

  • Peaches

    Background actors wearing masks perform during the recording of a music video of Canadian musician and performance artist Peaches in support of members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd/Adam Berry)

  • Background actors show a balloon shaped as a mouth reading "Free Pussy Riot" during the recording of a music video of Canadian musician and performance artist Peaches in support of members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd/Adam Berry)

  • Masked female activists demonstrate in support of members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in front of the Russian Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Thursday Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd/Oliver Lang)

  • Peaches

    Canadian musician and performance artist Peaches, left, talks to actors wearing masks during the recording of a video of in support of members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd/Adam Berry)

  • Peaches

    Background actors wearing masks perform during the recording of a music video of Canadian musician and performance artist Peaches in support of members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd/Adam Berry)

  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina Yekaterina Samutsevich

    Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)