Madonna has promised to defy the law against gay “propaganda” in St. Petersburg on her tour through Russia this summer, Assemblyman Vitaly Milanov, the author of the bill is threatening Madonna over her plans to speak out against the law.
ABC News reports:
The bill’s author, city assemblyman Vitaly Milanov, says he wants Madonna charged under the new law if she speaks out against it during her concert. He said he was willing to attend the show “to control its moral content.”
“I’m ready to personally suffer a couple of hours of her concert,” he told the Russian Interfax news agency.
Madonna spoke out after an op-ed by Masha Gessen, a Moscow-based Russian-American journalist, was published in the New York Times on Monday calling on Madonna to cancel the show and urging tourists and businesses to boycott the city.
For some gay rights advocates her pledge to use the venue to denounce the new law was not enough.
A group of Russian gay rights advocates plans to picket the concert, saying Madonna is cashing in on their struggle and urging her to cancel the show.
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