Madonna to face protests outside Russian show

Updated: Aug 09, 2012, 09:29 AM IST

London: Pop diva Madonna has angered conservative groups in Russia by supporting jailed punk stars Pussy Riot during her first concert.

The 53-year-old singer has jetted to Moscow as part of her ongoing MDNA tour and is again due to perform at the city`s Olimpiski Arena on August 14 night, reported Daily Express.

The protesters plan to demonstrate outside the singer`s Moscow concert and are calling on authorities to stop the star performing.

"It is not in our power to ban her, but we call on the authorities - who position themselves as Orthodox believers - to do so. This little singer is openly mocking our laws, our traditions and our culture," said a spokesman for Russia`s Union of Orthodox Banner-Bearers.

The three stars of Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, are currently on trial on hooliganism charges.

The `Material Girl` hitmaker voiced her support for the band by donnng a ski mask and scrawling the group`s name on her back during her performance recently.

PTI