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Officials to Hit Madonna with $17,000 Fine for Violating St. Petersburg Law Against Gay 'Propaganda': REPORT


Madonna faces a fine for her violating St. Petersburg, Russia's ban on 'gay propaganda' for the demonstration at her concert yesterday, according to reports from activists in the country.

MilonovSaid Polina Savchenko, director of the St. Petersburg LGBT group, Coming Out, in an email obtained by Towleroad:

LGBT organization Coming Out, printed 330 rainbow posters with the saying "No Fear" that were distributed to the crowd. Although some posters were confiscated by security, their display had a huge emotional effect during the show. Many fans raised them during Madonna's speech, and she reacted by saying "No Fear, that's right" before insisting that fear was the basis of all discrimination, and that tolerance could only be guaranteed by love, the opposite of fear. During the performance of "Like A Prayer", while dancers were raising a rainbow flag provided by a member of Coming Out and the Russian LGBT Network, Madonna took a "No Fear" poster from the crowd and raised it for 25,000 people to see. Same as for "Pussy Riot" support in Moscow, she had tattooed her back, this time with "No Fear." Gay bashing scenes from gay demonstrations in Russia, pictures of teenagers who died because of homophobia, and many gay and lesbian kisses were shown during the very political "Nobody Knows Me" Interlude Video.

Madonna's support was extremely moving. Most of the mostly heterosexual crowd reacted positively to her message by raising pink wristbands that were distributed to everyone to support the LGBT community. The LGBT in the audience received Madonna's support with both smiles and tears, and gratified her with the universal message "We love you" at the end of the show.

Author of the "propaganda" law in St. Petersburg, Vitaly Milonov (pictured) today declared that Madonna broke the law and is planning to charge her with a fine of 500,000 rubles ($17 000).

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  1. She shouldnt pay the fine. She should donate $17,000 to a Russian gay group and flip the fat bigot Milonov the bird!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Aug 10, 2012 9:36:00 PM

  2. Wow. It's important to be able to accept offers of support - all you posters throwing shade at a gift. Forced silence eliminates all possibilities of making your case and improving your lot. Madonna offered a voice where voices were not allowed. Maybe some of the negative posts come from a feeling of insult - seeing Madonna's actions as an offer of charity? Dunno - but seek help - I mean really. Offers of understanding and support are rare and help to make life easier.

    Posted by: Markt | Aug 10, 2012 9:50:40 PM

  3. "All I know is the backlash against LGBT in Russia is going to be huge-more deaths, more murders while her highness flies off into the sunset. She's done far more harm than good"

    Completely agree. All Madonna cares about is getting headlines for herself.

    Posted by: fern | Aug 10, 2012 11:41:59 PM

  4. Yawn, where was Madonna during our fight to repeal DADT? Proposition 8? Nowhere to be seen, of course.

    She times her "gay-friendly" stunts for her tours so that she can obtain publicity and ticket sales.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 10, 2012 11:43:07 PM

  5. I retract being snarky about her before. Thanks Madge.

    Posted by: Munro | Aug 10, 2012 11:44:14 PM

  6. She did a good thing, in a country that has no shame about discriminating against lgtb's she stood in diffiance of that and in support of people who desperatly need some hope in their lives.
    Those blabla fans are bitches.

    Posted by: charcus | Aug 11, 2012 12:34:20 AM

  7. All I know is the backlash against LGBT in Russia is going to be huge-more deaths, more murders while her highness flies off into the sunset. She's done far more harm than good.

    Posted by: Celinebags | Aug 11, 2012 12:53:41 AM

  8. Look at that fat Russian pig - does anybody really think he's going anywhere ?

    Dingbat'll fly out of Russia, and the swine will have pictures and dossiers on everybody at the concert.

    Way to go, Dinbatamus Maximus.

    I hope her music gives all the people that'll be sitting in prison getting anal raped with brooms because of her PR stunt some solace.

    Posted by: LITTLEKIWI | Aug 11, 2012 3:14:24 AM

  9. I think she can afford it. Good for her.

    Posted by: Jim Brown | Aug 11, 2012 3:21:59 AM

  10. She's rich!!! She could pay it!!!

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Aug 11, 2012 4:55:20 AM

  11. "All I know is the backlash against LGBT in Russia is going to be huge-more deaths, more murders while her highness flies off into the sunset. She's done far more harm than good."

    Interesting that no human rights activists or gay activists IN RUSSIA have predicted any such thing. There was even a roundup over at gay.ru of everyone who supported Madonna's statements. It was titled "Rights workers and activists support and thank Madonna"

    The Petersburg group Coming Out, rights supporters Lev Ponomarev, Masha Gessen, Elena Lukyanova, even Makarevich from Mashina Vremeni.

    But I towleroad Madonna-haters know better!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 11, 2012 1:43:53 PM

  12. And once again: there will be no fine, because the concert organizer has ready a countersuit on Milonov on the grounds that recording the concert was strictly forbidden.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 11, 2012 1:44:39 PM

  13. I bet every person in that audience felt a strength and love that will energize them to keep fighting, and living.

    Oh, Madge :-) how i loves ya :)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 11, 2012 2:05:51 PM

  14. pay the fine in ass pennies.


    Posted by: fanboi | Aug 12, 2012 7:49:45 PM

  15. How do they know it was mostly a heterosexual crowd?

    Posted by: No | Aug 13, 2012 9:34:40 AM

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