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Madonna cleared of 'gay propaganda' in Russia

A RUSSIAN court has dismissed a lawsuit that sought millions of dollars in damages from Madonna for allegedly traumatising minors by speaking up for gay rights during a concert in St Petersburg.

In February, the city made it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors.

Six months later, the singer criticised the law on Facebook, then stood up for gay rights at a concert in St Petersburg that drew fans as young as 12. Yesterday, a court threw out the Trade Union of Russian Citizens' lawsuit and the 333m rubles (€8.2m) in damages it sought from the performer for allegedly exposing minors to "homosexual propaganda."

Madonna did not attend the trial, and her publicist Liz Rosenberg said the star would not comment.

Irish Independent