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Madonna appears in a photo from the Super Bowl on February 5, 2012. - Provided courtesy of Madonna.com

Madonna sued in Russia over supporting gay rights during concert

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08/19/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Madonna is facing another controversy from her MDNA tour.

The singer has been sued by Russian activists who claim they were offended by her support of gay rights during a concert in St. Petersburg on August 9, according to The Associated Press.

In February, a law was passed in St. Petersburg which makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors. The author of the bill claims that there were children as young as 12 at Madonna's concert.

The 51-year-old singer is being sued for 333 million rubles or $10.5 million in damages. There are nine activists involved in the suit, which was filed on August 17. The organizer of the concert and the hall where it was held are being sued as well.

"No one is burning anyone at the stake or carrying out an Inquisition," Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing the activists, was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. "Modern civilization requires tolerance and respect for different values."

Madonna also upset conservative Russians earlier in the week with her support for the punk band Pussy Riot. Three members of the band were sentenced on August 17 to two years in prison for a protest inside Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin.

Madonna spoke about the band and her support of the group during her concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow. She later went on to call the sentencing an "unjust punishment."

Last month, Madonna faced controversy in France when she showed a Nazi swastika imposed on images of the far-right Front National party leader Marine Le Pen. The party threatened to sue the singer.

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