by Moody Adams Some Russian activists have sued Madonna for $10 million dollars for promoting homosexuality during her concert in St. Petersburg. Anti-gay sentiment is strong in Russia. In St. Petersburg, a law passed in February makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors, and the author of that law has pointed to the presence of children as young as 12 at Madonna's concert on Aug. 9.
The complaint includes a video taken at the concert showing Madonna stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show the pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians that were distributed among the audience, the news agency reported.
Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing the activists, said, "No one is burning anyone at the stake or carrying out an Inquisition," Pochuyev was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. "Modern civilization requires tolerance and respect for different values."
Madonna also has angered conservative Russians with her support for the rock group that was given a two year sentence last week for criticism of Putin.