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Madonna ‘Will Be Punished’ if She Flouts Gay Gag Rule

Madonna ‘Will Be Punished’ if She Flouts Gay Gag Rule


The lawmaker who authored St Petersburg’s now infamous gay gag rule has said that pop megastar Madonna “will be punished” if she breaks the law while visiting the city for her MDNA tour.

St Petersburg assembly member Vitaly Milonov, author of St Petersburg’s law against promotion of homosexuality in a public setting, has reportedly said he will “personally suffer a couple of hours of her concert” in order to ensure that Madonna does not break the law.

Madonna vowed last week that she would go to St Petersburg during her MDNA tour and speak out against the law, which she termed an “atrocity.”

Milonov, regarding his attending the August 9 concert to assess its “moral content,” reportedly added:

“If Madonna or one of the organizers of the concert breaks the city law, they will be punished.”

The law bans the promotion or affirmation of LGBT identity in public, supposedly under the guise of protecting minors.

For breaking the law there is a fine of 5,000 rubles ($170) for individuals, and for officials 50,000 rubles ($1,725). The fine for legal or corporate entities is 500,000 rubles ($17,250).

Madonna’s estimated net earnings in 2010 amounted to $58 million so it may be that a threat of even the highest penalty will not be overly concerning for her.

Interestingly, Milinov is actually being sued by LGBT rights group leader Nikolai Alekseyev for allegedly defaming comments Milinov made during a television interview prior to the ban on the promotion of homosexuality being signed into law, in particular that Milinov claimed Alekseyev’s LGBT rights advocacy was being funded by foreign groups.

St. Petersburg Governor Gregory Poltavchenko signed the law earlier this month.

Now, Russian Orthodox Church officials have begun lobbying for the government to adopt a nationwide ban on the promotion of gay rights.


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8:56PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

She will take it of petty cash.. Now does that have to be rubles, euro, or can she mix it up a bit.. or would that be gay..LMAO.

8:32PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

I like Madonna for this reason. She speaks up for what she believes in. You go girl!

3:42AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

The majority of Russians like so many others across the World consistently vote for the dubious illusion of "stability" by supporting non-Democracy.

9:19AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

She should take Lady Gaga with her as an opener....Putin would LOVE that...

4:40AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

2 Sheri S. If she is Madonna, she could at least try to be heard by the politicians, if they don't give a *** what the common people say. What other ways of bringing common sense to the country can you suggest? Sit back and pretend it's OK?

4:02AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

You go, girl!

8:02PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Oh, hell no. With that sort of 'whatever you do, don't touch the big pink button' (especially with that diss about 'suffering her concert'), of course she's going to flout it and just fork over the fine! Who wouldn't?

7:49PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

the "punishment" would be pocket change to her and would bring a lot more attention to the issue

6:55PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Madonna is an atrocity. She is going to another country and she feels that because she is Madonna, she can flaunt any rule and no one is going to stop her. Well she got away with it in that African country, but she better understand she is going to have a rough ride there. Who she is cuts no mustard with them. Break the law and you are a criminal, no matter who you are. Putin sure makes that clear, he runs the show, not Madonna.

6:52PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

I hope she does it!

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