Lady Gaga's Russian promoter fined for 'gay propaganda'

A St Petersberg court ruled the singer promoted alcohol consumption and homosexuality at her show in the city last year

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Lady Gaga's tour promoter has been fined by a Russian court for "propaganda of alcohol consumption and homosexuality".

A St Petersburg court responded to a complaint by local resident Nadezhda Petrova who claimed that during a show in the city last December, her 13-year old daughter was exposed to an imitation of sexual intercourse between women and advocacy of alcohol consumption, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

The judge ruled that the gig's promoter Planeta Plus, had violated a clause in Russia's administrative code on "protection of children from information that could harm their health and/or development".

Although the fine is minimal (around £380), the ruling will enable the complainant to sue in a criminal court for "psychic trauma".

A spokesperson for Planeta Plus said the company will appeal the ruling. "We don't agree with this verdict because no one listened to us," Yevgeny Filkenstein, general director, said. "Because of these laws against gay propaganda adopted here, because of these cheap publicity tricks, all viewers suffer."

He added: Just recently, Peter Gabriel, who has never performed in Russia, refused to come because of this law and because he supported Pussy Riot."

A similar law was enacted in St Petersburg earlier this year against Madonna following her show in the city in August 2012. However, an attempt to sue the singer was thrown out of court.

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