Once the queen of controversy, Madonna has taken a more subdued stance in recent years. But when she heads to Russia in August to tour with MDNA, she’s ready to flout the new law in St. Petersburg banning “propaganda” that would lead minors to “the false perception that traditional and nontraditional relationships are socially equal.”

“I will come to St. Petersburg to speak up for the gay community and to give strength and inspiration to anyone who is or feels oppressed,” Madonna said in a statement Tuesday. “I’m a freedom fighter… I don’t run away from adversity.”

Yes, well, you don’t run away from making a few rubles either, do you? Madonna plans on opening one of her Hard Candy fitness centers in St. Petersburg by 2013. (She already opened one last year in Moscow—around the corner from the Kremlin, no less.)

We don’t think “strength and inspiration” mean killer delts, Madge. Unless you’re going to hire disenfranchised queer kids to work at the smoothie bar.

Actually, that would be kind of brilliant.

Photo: Interscope Records

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