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Find Out Why Madonna Was Once Fined $1M by Russia Which She Never Paid

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jul 24, 2020
02:00 P.M.
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Pop icon Madonna reminisced on a 2012 incident in Russia when she advocated for LGBTQ people's rights and was met with a large fine from the government.


Over her years of fame, Madonna has stood for many things. One such thing is her belief in the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Recently on Instagram, the iconic pop star shared a video of a live performance she did in Russia in 2012. She captioned:

"I made this speech at a concert in St. Petersburg 8 years ago. I was fined 1 million dollars by The government for supporting the Gay community. I never paid..."

Madonna on stage at the Billboard Women in Music event on December 9, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

Madonna on stage at the Billboard Women in Music event on December 9, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images


In the video, Madonna doubled down on her advocacy and support for the LGBTQ community's rights, saying to the crowd that she wanted the people to fight for the right to be free and to be whoever they wanted to be.

She said that gay people in Russia and all over the world should have the same rights as everyone else, to be treated with respect, dignity, tolerance, and compassion.


As she addressed the crowd, her audience seemed entirely in agreement and support of her words, waving rainbow flags in the air.

Madonna has stayed true to her cause to fight for the LGBTQ community's human rights.

A few days after the recording went viral, the music icon was reportedly sued by a Russian group called the Trade Union of Russian Citizens on the grounds of blasphemy related to her speech and requested $10 million, but the suit was later dropped.


That show of Madonna's advocacy for LGBTQ rights coincided with the period when several human rights groups and organizations were raining fire and criticism on Russia for its opposition against the LGBTQ community and rights.

The Russian society has also allegedly maintained intolerant stances towards LGBTQ rights even though the constitution decriminalized homosexuality several years ago. In 2013, the government passed a law that criminalized the distribution of "gay propaganda" to minor citizens.


Such principles stand against what Madonna has always advocated for. Early in her career, as she first began to rise to fame in the '80s, she was surrounded by the paranoia surrounded by homosexuality and AIDS, losing many friends and mentors to the disease along the way.

Seeing how the discrimination against the community ruined so many lives, Madonna resolved to become the ultimate LGBTQ icon and advocate.


Since then, many of her albums and songs have spoken about her hope for a better world that would not displace LGBTQ rights to be free and to love.

As she did on that stage in Russia and many other times in several other places, Madonna has stayed true to her cause to fight for the LGBTQ community's human rights even with the threats of fines and disagreements, looming ahead.

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