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Russia considering charges against Gaga, Madonna
RUSSIA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Critics say two singing super stars are under attack for their support of gay rights.
Madonna and Lady Gaga are accused of violating terms of their visas in Russia.
Both were allowed into the country on cultural exchange visas, which do not permit commercial activity like performing concerts.
Madonna played in Russia back in August 2012 and Gaga played back in December.
During both shows the performers made comments supporting gay rights.
The law in Russia forbids talking about homosexuality in front of minors.
The investigation into their visas came at the urging of a lawmaker who has spearheaded Russia's anti-gay campaign.
Russian prosecutors are now considering charges.
Madonna and Lady Gaga aren't the only U.S. artists in hot water with Russia. U.S. band Bloodhound Gang were banned from playing a Russian festival after video surfaced of bassist Jared Hasselhoff putting the Russian flag down his pants.
That happened during a concert in the Ukraine.
Hasselhoff then pulled the flag out and reportedly said "don't tell Putin."
He later apologized at a news conference, saying he meant no offense.