Russian official targets Madonna with crude tweet

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Aug. 10, 2012, 6:58 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Reuters

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, a nationalist politician and former envoy to NATO, posted the tweet after Madonna told a Moscow concert audience the jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot were "courageous" and deserved to be free.


MOSCOW - A senior ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin used an obscene Twitter post to attack Madonna on Friday after the pop star called for the release of three women who face prison over an irreverent performance in Moscow's main cathedral.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, a nationalist politician and former envoy to NATO, posted the tweet after Madonna told a Moscow concert audience the jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot were "courageous" and deserved to be free.

"Every ex-wh*re tends to lecture everybody with age. Especially during world tours and concerts," Rogozin, who now leads Russia's drive to upgrade the army and defence industry, wrote in a tweet in English.

The microblog posting was a crudely worded echo of frequent warnings by Russian officials that Moscow will not accept Western "preaching" on human rights and democracy, a message Putin has repeatedly delivered during 12 years in power.

Madonna, who is American, donned a balaclava like those worn by Pussy Riot performers during her concert inMoscow on Tuesday night and was cheered loudly when she offered her support.

Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, stormed the altar ofRussia's main cathedral on Feb. 21 and sang a "punk prayer" calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin, who was then campaigning to return to the presidency after four years as prime minister.

Prosecutors want a judge to sentence them to three years in prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.

They have been in jail since shortly after their performance, which offended many in mostly Orthodox ChristianRussia, and Kremlin critics see their trial as part of a crackdown on dissent as Putin starts a new six-year term.

The women have said the performance was meant as criticism of close ties between Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church and the clear if informal support its leader, Patriarch Kirill, gave Putin during his successful election campaign.


Western governments and rights groups have said the govermnent's reaction to the "punk prayer" was excessive and are watching the trial closely. The judge is to give a verdict on Aug. 17.

Rogozin, who some analysts view as a potential presidential candidate in the next election in 2018, did not mention Madonna by name in the English tweet on Friday or a Russian one on Wednesday.

But few Internet users had any doubt that he was referring to Madonna, who also spoke out in support of gay rights at a concert in St. Petersburg, Putin's home town, on Thursday night.

"She spoke about freedom, it is the state bureaucrats who are lecturing us every day on all the state channels," a Twitter user called Alexander Oleinik wrote in response to Rogozin's posting in Russian.

"Either take off the cross or put on your panties," Rogozin replied. His spokeswoman confirmed the messages were genuine.

Rogozin, former leader of the nationalist political party Rodina (Motherland), also wrote ironic messages about Pussy Riot, likening their supporters to a religious sect.

Rogozin was appointed deputy prime minister late last year as part of then prime minister Putin's drive to appeal to moderate nationalists.

He is known for his sharply worded criticism of the West and in particular of U.S. and NATO plans for a European missile shield that Moscow calls a threat to its security.

On Friday, a group of Russian Orthodox hardliners burned Madonna's picture outside Moscow's Christ theSaviour cathedral, where Pussy Riot staged its punk protest.

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harley Aug. 10, 2012, 6:53 p.m.    

Since just about every politician in the world is a whore; I guess this guy should know!

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firefox007 Aug. 10, 2012, 10:59 p.m.    

Putin has shown how viciously repressive he really is. His attacks on these three young ladies shows how wrong and disastrous his dangerous dictator-ship is. The sooner Putin & his gang of thieves are kicked out by the Russian people, the better for Russia.

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kpxoxol Aug. 11, 2012, 9:12 a.m.    

LOL powerless and ignorant orange fool - the reason the three wenches are going to get REDUCED sentence of 3 years instead of the usual 7 years is because Putin expressed opinion that the 7 years is too harsh punishment.

The three retarded sissies are accused of hooliganism not by Putin but by MILLIONS of members of the Russia Orthodox Church who are offended by the arrogance of the west-paid turds to desecrate the altar of a symbol of their beliefs.

You obviously are too illiterate and too stupid to know why actually the three west-paid stogies are on trial, but being brainless orange it figures, heh, heh, heh :D

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firefox007 Aug. 11, 2012, 10:24 a.m.    

It's predictable, if sad & pathetic, to read the inevitable follow-up to a criticism of the Dictator, from his paid-up internet stooges. We all know these lap-dogs of proto-fascism troll the internet to get their silver coins.

We in the west don't know or care about the word *orange,* Putin lap-dog. We know that our freedoms & democracy make us the top of the world in living-standards. Poverty-stricken Russians know nothing of our total superiority. So they hide in the shadows, barking like crazed dogs at anyone who dares speak truth to power.

Go back to your Dictator, to grovel for your pathetic coins, lap-dog.

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kpxoxol Aug. 13, 2012, 9:37 a.m.    

Incohesive whine wont hide the fact that the orange mafia and their diaspora sex traffickers and pimp cronies got boot in their arse by the Ukraine people in 2009, because the orange thieves completely destroyed the Ukraine economy and turned Ukraine into banana republic for their western masters to enjoy cheap sex with underage Ukraine children. Yuck :(

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kpxoxol Aug. 13, 2012, 10:21 a.m.    

"Every ex-wh*re tends to lecture everybody with age. Especially during world tours and concerts,"

So true, Madonna is a shell of her former self - she cant show her tits anymore without scaring the public so her "artistic talent" is over :D

Madonna is PATHETIC - her voice was mediocre even when she was an young whore and now it's like of an old crone :D

She is so desperate for cash she grovel in Putin feet to get access to the ONLY Europe country with growing GDP, positive trade balance, low unemployment, no debt and the forth largest FOREX reserve in the World because the UK she pollutes with her permanent presence despite being yankistani is BROKE and DISINTEGRATING amidst riots by destitute jobless masses much like the rest of the EU.

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Johannes Andersen Aug. 14, 2012, 3:11 p.m.    

kpxoxol, please give me an interview. The Western World doesn't understand your views, maybe I can help. Your standpoint seems typical for a large segment of the population in the FSU, that is why it is so interesting. Kindly write me at

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