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St. Petersburg to try lawsuit against Madonna on Oct. 11

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Sept. 17, 2012, 5:03 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

In this photo taken by a cell phone on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, U.S. singer Madonna performs during her concert at Olympic Hall in Moscow, Russia, with the words "Pussy Riot" on her bare back.
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St. Petersburg - The trial of the lawsuit against Madonna and the organizers of her recent concert in St. Petersburg will begin in the St. Petersburg Moskovsky District Court on October 11, lawyer Alexander Pochuyev told Interfax on Monday.

"The trial of the lawsuit will begin on Oct.11. We believe the fact that the date of the hearing has been determined indicates that the court is satisfied with the results of our search for Madonna's address and other documents [needed for filing the lawsuit]," the lawyer said.

"According to our estimation, the trial of the lawsuit can take from three months to one year. We are hoping we can prosecute the persons who violate the law," Pochuyev said.

According to earlier reports, the St. Petersburg Moskovsky District Court accepted the lawsuit against Madonna, the concert hall Peterburgsky, where the concert took place, and the company PMI, the organizer of the concert, in August.

The lawsuit was filed by the Russian Trade Union and some other public associations. The plaintiffs are seeking to recover from Madonna and the concert organizers 333 million rubles for insulting the feelings of believers and the cultural traditions of the city residents. Among the documents attached to the lawsuit is a video which, according to the Trade Union, shows Madonna trampling an Orthodox cross and asking for people to raise their hands wearing pink bracelets.

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