Madonna looks set to be banned from from Russia all because she lent her support to the pop group Pussy Riot.
The pop icon voiced her backing for the anti-Vladimir Putin protest group, and she has continually spoken in favor of gay rights too.
Madonna actually performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg last year, but now various Russian officials have claimed that any visa she applies for would not be granted, and the one she currently possesses does not allow her to work for money in the country.
An MP for the country claimed that Madonna was guilty of “illegal commercial activity.” It was at the concerts in Russia where she said she backed the two Pussy Riot singers that were jailed after they protested President Putin.
The Foreign Ministry for Russia states, “Invitations and visas for the purpose of cultural ties are issued to foreigners who come to Russia to develop cultural cooperation and to participate in non-commercial art exhibitions festivals and guest performances.”
A local MP, Vitaly Milonov now wants to check the legality of Madonna’s entry into the country, citing that she didn’t fit in with the above document.
After hearing her support of Pussy Riot and gay rights last year, members of the St. Petersburg public filed lawsuits against the singer and her concert organizers. However, in November 2012, a court dismissed each of the nine suits which were for around $10.6 million.
Recently, Madonna’s homeless brother claimed that she didn’t care whether he lived or died, telling the Daily Mail, “Madonna doesn’t give a s*** if I’m dead or alive. She lives in her own world. I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me. We never loved each other. My father would be very happy if I died of hypothermia and then he would not have to worry about it anymore.”