Madonna faces ban from Russia after supporting Pussy RiotBy Kelsey Fowler | April 17th, 2013 | No Comments »
Forget about Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba. The newest visa debate is all about Madonna and her time in Russia last year. Local conservatives are claiming her visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg for two concerts violated the terms of her trip. If true, Madonna might not be able to visit the country again for some time.
The Moscow News reports Russia’s foreign ministry ruled Madonna violated the terms of her visa. The ruling supposedly found she failed to get a work permit for her for-profit shows in the cities last summer. Madonna’s visa reportedly limited her trip to “cultural ties.”
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “If a foreign national’s activity in Russia is aimed at making a profit, including through commercial performances, the said national must receive a work permit from the Federal Migration Service, and therefore must be issued a normal work visa, with the purpose of the visit stated as work for hire.”
St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov challenged whether Madonna’s visit was legal after she advocated gay rights and defended jailed feminist punk group Pussy Riot. Now, Milonov wants Madonna to pay a fine of $16.7 million. No word yet from Madonna’s camp about the authenticity of the claims.
Kelsey Fowler is currently studying nothing music-related at Ithaca College. Help keep her in the loop on Twitter.