Radio Free Europe
December 13, 2012
Lady Gaga, one of pop music's most outlandish acts, took her tour to Russia's capital for a performance that was predictably ribald and indomitable despite what she said were threats of arrest if she broke local laws against "homosexual propaganda." The American singer is a longtime gay-rights activist who had spoken out to thousands of fans three nights before, in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is the birthplace of antigay legislation that's left the local LGBT community feeling embattled and is about to reach the national parliament.