U.S. Embassy Issues Warning to Those Attending Madonna Concert in Moscow

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In true Madonna fashion the feisty pop sensation is making headlines again, but this time she is affecting more than her career. In response to the recent imprisonment of the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, Madonna has openly shared her support of the girls who are being locked up for staging a protest and criticizing Vladimir Putin in front of a St.Petersberg church. At a recent performance at Olympic Hall in Moscow, the pop queen exposed her back to the audience, which read “Pussy Riot,” across her bare skin. According to The New York Times, during her performance she also openly stated her opinion saying, “So I just want to say a few words about Pussy Riot. I know there are many sides to every story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government. But I think that these three girls – Masha, Katya, Nadya – I think that they have done something courageous. I think they have paid the price for this act. And I pray for their freedom.” Now, the U.S. Embassy has gotten involved, encouraging U.S. fans whom are attending Thursday’s show to be extra cautious and vigilant, after they received information regarding the safety of the audience members and performers.  A security message was posted on their website, warning fans about a possible violent outburst during the show. Russian Law Enforcement is said to be taking extra precautions.

Read the actual security message after the jump…

The message read as follows:

August 7, 2012

This is to alert U.S. citizens in Russia who are planning to attend the Madonna concerts in Moscow on Tuesday, August 7, or in St. Petersburg on Thursday, August 9, that the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg has received information regarding a threat of physical violence against spectators and performers at the St. Petersburg concert on August 9. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg have shared the information with appropriate Russian law enforcement authorities. Russian authorities have indicated to the Embassy that they are taking appropriate measures in light of this information. While we expect that enhanced security measures will be put in place at both concerts, U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant regarding their personal security, and to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially in crowded areas.

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