Gay-hating Russian politico Vitaly Milonov had some stark words yesterday for Madonna, in response to her announcement that she wouldn’t be cancelling her upcoming Saint Petersburg concert in protest of the city’s recently passed “gay gag” law, but would instead “speak during my show about this ridiculous atrocity.”
“If Madonna or one of the organizers of the concert breaks the city law, they will be punished,” warned Milonov, who has promised to be present at the August 9 event, likely brandishing his trusty Samsung Galaxy Nexus at the ready for naughty Madge. (Milonov is pictured above using his smartphone to capture what he characterized as “disruptive” international observers during the recent farce election of Russian President Vladimir Putin.)
Milonov, the author of the Saint Peterburg bill that makes illegal anything that can be perceived as “promotion of homosexuality,” added that the superstar would likely be fined under the law’s “individual” category, which would mean a fine of 5000 rubles, or about $170.
Considering the price of Madonna’s 2012 World Tour tickets — as well as the fact that Milonov will most likely not be comped into the show — we’ll call that a wash.
Meanwhile in rather surprising news, Russian gay rights freedom fighter Nikolai Alekseev announced yesterday that a Saint Petersburg district court has allowed his defamation lawsuit to continue against Milonov.
Alekseev filed the one million ruble (about $34,000) suit two weeks ago after Milonov appeared in a Russian TV interview accusing Alekseev of being funded by Western sources. Milonov also questioned Alekseev’s gender, saying that he didn’t know how old Alekseev is, but “you don’t usually ask girls about this.”
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