On August 10 2012, a senior ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin used a Twitter post to attack Madonna after she called for the release of three women who faced 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 lead Russia’s drive to upgrade the army and defense industry, wrote in a tweet in English.
On August 9 2012, Madonna spoke out for gay rights at an “MDNA” concert in St Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s home town, where a law was adopted to curb homosexual “propaganda.”
Performing in black lingerie with the words “No Fear” scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged the audience – most wearing pink wrist bands distributed at the door – to “show your love and appreciation to the gay community”.
“We want to fight for the right to be free,” she said.
On August 4 2012, Madonna performed in Kiev, Ukraine for the first time during her “MDNA World Tour“.
On July 17 2012, Madonna performed “The MDNA Tour” in front of 54,000 fans at Hyde Park in London.
During a Twitter Q&A Madonna held on March 27, 2012, to promote her new album, deadmau5 tweeted her:
“You’re a role model to 100’s of millions. You have a powerful voice, EDM could use your positive influence, not ‘molly’ talk.”
Madonna responded by tweeting an old picture of herself wearing Mickey Mouse ears, captioned:
“From one mouse to another, I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called Have You Seen Molly written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my album.”
“Fair enough, i was just voicing my concerns as i usually do. +1 respect for clearing it up personally.”
Watch Madonna rehearse “I’m Addicted” from the MDNA World Tour in Florence: