Russian politician claims Gaga performed lucrative live show while only holding a tourist visa
Lady Gaga has been accused of breaching immigration laws in Russia and promoting “gay propaganda” during a 2012 live show.
Russian politician Vitaly Milonov has filed a request for the prosecutor general to launch an investigation into Gaga’s stay in Russia, alleging that she broke the law by performing for money in Russia while only holding a tourist visa. Milonov has previously called for the same action to be taken against Madonna. Both artists are accused of “promoting homosexuality” by the politician, who is sponsor of the city’s law prohibiting gay propaganda among minors.
There is a chance that Gaga’s case will be forwarded to the Foreign Ministry and the Federal Migration Service for further investigation. A representative for the Russian prosecutor general said of the investigations: “The visas issued were of the basic cultural exchange sort, which does not grant their bearers the right to engage in any commercial activity.”
Earlier this week, Gaga announced the release date of her ‘ARTPOP’ app and revealed a few details about what it contains. Gaga’s new album will be released through the app on November 11 and the pop star answered questions about what fans can expect from the release.
Last week (July 27) Gaga shared the single’s title and artwork with her fans. Gaga revealed that she chose the artwork, which features a close-up of her face smeared in paint, to show a more vulnerable side that she doesn’t often share with the public.