Madonna sued by Russian activists over gay support

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A group of Russian activists has sued Madonna for millions of pounds, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St Petersburg.

Anti-gay sentiment is strong in Russia. In St Petersburg, a law passed in February makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors, and the author of that law has pointed to the presence of children as young as 12 at Madonna's concert on 9 August.

Russian news agencies said the suit was filed on Friday against the singer and organisers, asking for damages of 333 million roubles (£6.6m).