The Huffington Post, Interfax, and Businessweek all report yesterday and today on a 333 million ruble ($10.4 million US) lawsuit filed in a Russian court against the U.S. pop star Madonna for offending the feelings of believers and the cultural traditions of city residents during her Aug. 9 concert in St. Petersburg. Also named as defendants were the concert organizer PMI Corp. and the venue at which it was held, Peterburgsky Sports and Concert Complex. At the concert, Madonna championed equal rights for gays in protest of legislation passed earlier this year by St. Peterburg banning "propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors." At the concert she apparently also stomped on an Orthodox cross, asking everyone in the audience wearing pink bracelets to raise their hands. The suit was brought by members of the Trade Union of Russian Citizens and of Narodny Sobor. Plaintiffs' lawyer, Alexander Pochuyev, responding to criticism that characterized the lawsuit as medieval behavior, said that plaintiffs have used: "a civilized, modern and popular way of defending their rights - by filing a lawsuit. No one burned anyone at the stake or used the inquisition. Modern civilization requires religious tolerance and respect of other values."