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Lady Gaga Threatened with Arrest, Fine for Expressing LGBT Support in Russia

Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

Lady Gaga has reportedly been threatened with arrest and a $50,000 fine for violating St. Petersburg’s infamous “homosexual propaganda” law.

The law, on the books since March, criminalizes “public action aimed at propagandising sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors.”

Speaking through a translator at her recent concert in St. Petersburg, Lady Gaga called for respect for LGBT rights. Before this past weekend’s concert, she also tweeted her thanks to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who recently stated in an interview that "not all human relationships are subject to legal regulation."

Last month, Madonna was sued for $10.7 million by conservative Russian activists for violating St. Petersburg’s anti-gay propaganda law during her summer concert. The lawsuit was thrown out by a St. Petersburg court.

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