Madonna sued in Russia
Pop star Madonna is being sued by conservative Russian activists after she called on the crowd to support LGBT rights during the St Petersburg concert on August 9.
The case against her, the concert organisers and the venue is being lodged by Alexander Pochuyev, lawyer for the nine activists, claiming damages of 333 million rubbles ($10.5 million).
Pink wrist bands were handed out during the concert and the crowd were asked to raise them in support of gay and lesbian rights.
In St Petersburg it is against the law to promote homosexuality in the presence of minors and it has been claimed there were children as young as 12 at the concern.
The plaintiffs have been accused of being stuck in the middle ages.
"No one is burning anyone at the stake or carrying out an Inquisition," Pochuyev said.
"Modern civilisation requires tolerance and respect for different values."
Madonna’s latest tour has been followed by criticisms as she takes aim at conservative governments and movements.
During her Moscow concert she showed support for Pussy Riot, the three member punk band jailed for protest against President Putin, which caused Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister to label the singer a ‘moralising slut’.
In France she was booed following a concert that only lasted 45 mins and received legal threat from France's extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen after images of her with the Nazi Swastika were used.
Madonna upset thousands of fans in Australia in July after deciding to cancel her first visit to local shores in 20 years.