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Lady Gaga's Russian promoters fined over St. Petersburg gig


The organizers of Lady Gaga's 2012 show in St. Petersburg, Russia have been fined following complaints the gig promoted homosexuality and alcohol consumption.

Officials at a St. Petersburg court have ruled the show at the SSK Arena violated a local law against exposing children to "harmful information" and has fined organizers Planeta Plus 20,000 roubles ($614).

The ruling follows a complaint from a local resident who claimed her 13-year-old daughter was exposed to simulated lesbian sex and advocacy of alcohol consumption when she saw the "Born This Way" star live last December.

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The promoters plan to appeal against the decision, claiming Russian music fans are suffering as a result of the country's controversial anti-homosexuality propaganda laws.

Planeta Plus general director Yevgeny Finkelshtein tells Russian TV network NTV-Petersburg, "We don't agree with this verdict because no one listened to us... Because of these laws against gay propaganda adopted here, because of these cheap publicity tricks, all viewers suffer. Just recently, l, who has never performed in Russia, refused to come because of this law and because he supported (jailed Russian rockers/activists) Pussy Riot."

Russia's divisive law which bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors was enacted earlier this year, but a similar law was already in place in St. Petersburg. There was an attempt to sue Madonna under this law following her show in St. Petersburg in August, 2012, but the case was thrown out.

Nov 19, 2013 12:11AM
Russia should lock them up for a while
Nov 18, 2013 10:12PM
Why would a parent take a child to a known satanist's show (hey her videos are full of worship to the beast, I'm calling it how it is or how she promotes/wants herself to be known) then complain of the poor behavior of said satanist. This is beyond any kind of reason. You don't go to a whorehouse then complain of the nudity there.
Nov 18, 2013 8:46PM
People need to get a life. If  pop star is "raising" your child with how they perform....perhaps you shouldn't have a child. Christ. Get a ****ing life. 

Nov 18, 2013 7:40PM

Lady Gaga is "harmful information for children".  She is a mess. She has a beautiful voice and she is just plain weird.


Nov 18, 2013 7:12PM
Oh Russia..ignorant anti- woman, anti-free speech and anti- gay...what a closed minded years behind and not in touch with today's world at all...sad....GAGA is the queen of allowing people  who they want to be...if you are ignorant and cannot handle that-go crawl back under your rock and stop oppressing people...
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