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Lady Gaga accused of illegal gay rights promotion in Russia

Lady Gaga accused of illegal gay rights promotion in Russia

A political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking legal action against American pop star Lady Gaga for promoting gay rights to minors throughout a concert on Sunday.

Vitaly Milonov, an associate of the ruling United Russia party in the St Petersburg assembly and the architect of a city law that bans gay “propaganda”, accused the singer of breaking regulations at the start of her show.

“We saw that along with music, songs and such, there have been direct demands 12-year-old citizens to aid the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, ” Milonov said, adding he would file a complaint to prosecutors on the singer’s actions.

He previously unsuccessfully called on authorities to bar people under 18 from attending Lady Gaga’s show.

A vocal defender of lesbian and gay rights, Lady Gaga said offstage that her managers had received a call threatening her with arrest or perhaps a $50, 000 (31, 017 pounds) fine if she spoke to get the LGBT community, in accordance with media reports.

The low house of parliament is likely to consider legislation like the St Petersburg law later this month.

It isn’t clear whether it’ll pass. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, now the top of United Russia, said