Madonna has used her concert in Russia on Thursday to speak out for gay rights and protest gay “propaganda” laws.

In Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg, Madonna gave one of her most provocative performances to protest for LGBTI rights and a controversial new law that curbs gay “propaganda”.

The singer, who has long championed the rights of LGBTI people, defied the censorship law and called for her Russian fans to “Go Pink for St. Petersburg”.

Whilst performing in black lingerie with the words “No Fear” scrawled on her back, Madonna urged the audience to “show your love and appreciation to the gay community”.

“We want to fight for the right to be free.” she said.

“Do we live in fear?” Madonna asked her audience.

“No!” the crowd replied.

Madonna promised to use her show to speak out against the ‘Gay Gag Rule’ legislation adopted in March that imposes fines for spreading homosexual “propaganda”.

Homosexuality was a crime during the years of the Soviet Union and was decriminalised in 1993. However, much of the homosexual community remains largely underground.

A video of the protest can be seen below:

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