Russian Deputy PM Surprised at Madonna Slur Reaction

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Russia’s former NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday he was surprised at reaction to a critical post on Twitter he made two days ago about U.S. pop star Madonna's support for imprisoned Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot.

Russia’s former NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday he was surprised at reaction to a critical post on Twitter he made two days ago about U.S. pop star Madonna's support for imprisoned Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot.

“They linked my statement with the so-called ‘Madonna’… though I did not say a word about her. That’s what an established public opinion means,” Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin wrote on Facebook early on Friday.

“Every ex-wh*** tends to lecture. Especially during tours and concerts,” Rogozin wrote on Twitter on Wednesday after Madonna’s Tuesday concert in Moscow.

At the concert, Madonna backed imprisoned Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot. She also wore the group’s trademark balaclava and stripped to her bra to reveal the words “Pussy Riot” on her back.

Three Pussy Riot members - women aged between 20 and 30 - are on trial in Moscow over their performance of a “punk prayer,” calling for then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to quit, in downtown Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The performance contained insults to Patriarch Kirill, as well as blasphemous words, which insulted believers.

The women face up to seven years if convicted on hooliganism charges in the case that split Russian society with some saying the punishment should be harsh and others saying the women only committed an ethical wrongdoing, which should not punished by prison terms. The three women were arrested following their February performance. They say their song was against what they called church support for Putin’s presidential election campaign.

Prosecutors asked this week for three years for the band members. The ten-day trial ended on Wednesday and the verdict will be announced on August 17. Putin on August 2 criticized Pussy Riot for their performance but said the punishment for them should not be “too harsh.”

Members of Pussy Riot, whose “punk prayer” took place next to the Christ the Savior Cathedral’s main altar, which is off-limits to all but priests, have called their performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral an “ethical mistake,” but pleaded not guilty to charges of hooliganism.

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