Washington: The US on Friday said that it was disappointed over the sentencing of three feminist punk rockers in Russia for protesting President Vladimir Putin.
"The US is disappointed by the verdict, including the disproportionate sentences that were granted. While we understand the group`s behaviour was offensive to some, we have serious concerns about the way these young women have been treated by the Russian judicial system," White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
A Moscow court today handed a two-year jail sentence to three Pussy Riot band members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - after holding them guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred".
The State Department too expressed its concern over the sentencing.
"The United States is concerned about both the verdict and the disproportionate sentences handed down by a Moscow court in the case against the members of the band Pussy Riot and the negative impact on freedom of expression in Russia," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
"We urge Russian authorities to review this case and ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld," Nuland said in a statement.