ST.PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov 22 (Reuters) - A Russian court
rejected a $10 million compensation claim against U.S. pop star
Madonna on Thursday by a group of anti-gay activists who accused
her hurting their feelings by promoting homosexuality at a
Performing in black lingerie with the words "No Fear"
scrawled on her back, Madonna attacked a city law adopted in
March that imposed fines for spreading homosexual "propaganda".
She had earlier called the law a "ridiculous atrocity".
The activists based their case on a video recording where
they claimed Madonna could be seen trampling on an Orthodox
cross and asking spectators to raise their hands with pink
bracelets in support of the gay movement.
Judge Vitaly Barkovsky did not explain his decision but also
ruled the activists should compensate legal expenses to
companies which organised Madonna's concert. The activists said
they will appeal the court ruling.
"Our position is the same. We believe there was a case of
the breach of law, namely gay propaganda among minors," said
activist Darya Dedova.
Homosexuality, punished with jail terms in the Soviet Union,
was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, but much of the gay
community remains underground as prejudice runs deep.
(Reporting by Liza Dobkina; Editing by Jon Hemming)