The Russian Federation aren't very pleased with the artists, each of whom has publically supported LGBT rights in Russia.
Singers Lady GaGa and Madonna are in a spot of trouble with the Russian law after unwittingly flaunting the rules to openly declare their support for gay people in a country that has harsh laws on being homosexual.
Not only that, both artists worked tourist visas when they performed in the country which is technically illegal. The Russian government are reportedly looking to punish both for violating their visas in this way. Although no plans have been announced to move ahead with prosecution, Gaga and Madonna could be ordered to pay hefty fines and even potentially be banned from the country altogether.
Madonna Is Said To Have Illegally Worked When She Performed In Russia Under A Tourist Visa.
However, conspiratorially, some have suggested that the warning is an attempt to punish the popstars for their open support of LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) rights, particularly when they were onstage performing in the country. "The Russian government is sending a shot across the bow to Lady Gaga, Madonna, and other performers who are taking up gay rights in Russia," said Paul Saunders, the executive director of the Center for the National Interest, via ABC News.
Lady Gaga Sparked Trouble With Russian Authorities After She Worked Under The Wrong Visa & Trumpeted LGBT Rights In Russia.
During a December concert last year, Gaga shouted out her words of support to her crowd: "Tonight, this is my house Russia. You can be gay in my house." Whereas Madonna showed similar support just a few months earlier, saying "Gay people here and all around the world have the same rights."
It Is Not Known If, How & When The Performers Will Be Punished.
Both have been accused of spreading what the Russian legal code likes to term "gay propaganda" in a law that makes it illegal to speak about homosexuality around minors; a law that will be suspended for athletes and fans during next year's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Gaga & Madonna Could Face Fines Or A Ban From The Country.
Madonna hasn't commented upon the matter publically but Lady Gaga has sent out several tweets to voice her outrage towards Russian laws and let it be known her standpoint hasn't changed despite the threat of punishment, tweeting "Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia?" and following with "The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom."
Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn't want answer to the world?— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 5, 2013
Apparently Vitaly Milonov was the one who first pushed the investigation into their visas; the Russian lawmaker who has fronted anti-gay laws in the country.