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Madonna vows to defy anti-gay law on Russian tour

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(Reuters) – U.S. pop singer Madonna has promised to defy a recent law against homosexual “propaganda” in Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg on her upcoming tour through Russia this summer.

Calling the legislation, which imposes fines for promoting homosexuality among minors, a “ridiculous atrocity” on her Facebook page, she said she would address the issue during her show.

The legislation was signed into law in March by St. Petersburg mayor and Putin-ally Georgy Poltavchenko. It imposes a fine of up to 500,000 roubles ($17,100) for spreading what the bill calls homosexual “propaganda” that could “damage the health, moral and spiritual development of the underaged”, defined as those under the age of 18.

Gay rights activists in Moscow and St. Petersburg, have scheduled two “Slavic gay parades” during Madonna’s tour according to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender website GayRussia.eu.

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