In yet another case of Russians taking their Orthodox Church seriously, the Trade Union of Russian Citizens and several other organizations have sued Madonna to the tune of 333 million rubles or $10 million for stomping on an Orthodox cross at a recent St. Petersburg concert.
The Russian city recently passed a law banning “gay propaganda,” which prompted Madonna to destroy the artifact following a mid-set speech in support of gay rights. The lawsuit in question stipulates that the high monetary award is “for offending the feelings of believers and the cultural traditions of city residents,” according to Interfax.
Lawyer Alexander Pochuyev claimed the plaintiffs applied “a civilized, modern and popular way of defending their rights – by filing a lawsuit. No one burned anyone at the stake or used the inquisition. Modern civilization requires religious tolerance and respect of other values.”
Watch video of the incident below.