Madonna has ignored the threats of violence and gave a speech about gay rights at her concert in St Petersburg last night (9 August, 2012).
The singer distributed pink wristbands to fans that wanted to support the LGBTQ community and mentioned Dr Martin Luther King at one point during her show.
She said: “The gay community here, and all around the world, have the same rights, to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love.
“If you're with me, I want to see your pink arm bands!
“I said, are you motherf***ing with me?”
She also spoke out against using religion to justify intolerance, adding: “It's in every holy book: love thy neighbor as thyself.
“You cannot use religion to treat other people badly. Let's all go out into the world and spread this message of love, and live our lives without fear.”
Madonna risked the wrath of Russian politicians when she spoke of her support for jailed punk band Pussy Riot. "With age, every former s. tries to lecture everyone on morality," said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin using the first letter of the word 'slut' in his tweet.
Below: Madonna live in Hyde Park