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Lady Gaga and Madonna: Partners in Russian tax evasion?

 

 

Anti-Gay Crusader Pursues Madonna, Lady Gaga for Tax Evasion (Kommersant, Russia)

 

"Today, among the illegal migrant workers on the territory of the Russian Federation, we can count among them with confidence a singer who goes by the nickname Madonna, and another with the nickname Gaga. While a street sweeper cleaning the streets of Dmitrovka can get hold of the necessary documents, Madonna and Gaga are apparently unable to do so."

 

-- St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Deputy Vitaly Milonov

 

Translated By John Amor

 

August 5, 2013

 

Russia - Kommersant - Original Article (Russian)

No stranger to pissing off the Kremlin, Madonna (above) on tour last year, showing her colors in support of a band of young women named Pussy Riot who were so bold as to challenge Vladimir Putin.

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The Prosecutor General's Office has accused Madonna and Lady Gaga of violating immigration laws. That is why the authorities have responded to a request by St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Deputy Vitaly Milonov. The Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that the American singers had no right to stage profit-making concerts in Russia. Law enforcement agencies can now hand information on the violations to the Foreign Ministry and Federal Migration Service. Milonov is completely satisfied with the prosecutor generalís decision. Milonov told Kommersant that in order to avoid paying taxes, the producers and concert organizers deliberately failed to arrange work visas for the international stars.

 

"Today, among the illegal migrant workers on the territory of the Russian Federation, we can count among them with confidence a singer who goes by the nickname Madonna, and another with the nickname Gaga. While a street sweeper cleaning the streets of Dmitrovka can get hold of the necessary documents, Madonna and Gaga are apparently unable to do so. On the other hand, of course it would be hypocritical if we were to suggest that [gay comedian] Stephen Fry should get a work visa, when it is possible that he wouldnít pass the screening tests for certain diseases [AIDS]. Most curious is that the investigation has revealed not a single Russian organization was involved in organizing these tours. They all turned Madonna and Gaga down and left everything to some tiny American booking agency. The question then is, where are the taxes?" he said.

 

According to Mr. Milonov, Madonna received more than $1 million for her concert in St. Petersburg. If the case goes to court, it will be the Madonna and Lady Gaga concert organizers who face the biggest fines, says Valentina Tinikova of the law firm Lidings. But to prove that a concert was "commercial" will be difficult.

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"Humanitarian visas are issued for the purposes of pursuing cultural relations. Such visas are issued for the pursuit of non-profit activity. The basic problem consists in proving that a concert was commercial. And in this case, if a violation of immigration law is found, the concert agency may be fined 25,000-800,000 rubles ($7,600-$24,400), and the foreign artist around 2,000-5,000 rubles ($60 -$150). In practice, I think it will be quite difficult to prove that they actually received these monies, as it will be to prove who was paid, how they were paid, and on what scale," explained Tinikova.

 

PMI, who organized the singer's St. Petersburg concert, reported that Madonna received no earnings in Russia, and that Russian promoters paid taxes on the sale of tickets. Head of PMI Evgeny Finkelstein believes that the prosecutorís verdict may lead to refusals by foreign stars to tour Russia.

 

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"Throughout the world there is the concept of an 'artist's visa.' The Foreign Ministry and our State Duma should really answer for these penalties. In any case, we, much less the artists, have not broken the law. We simply donít have the right to obtain work visas, because I am not employing Madonna. I am buying a contract for the provision of a service. And if they are suggesting that we obtain a migrant worker visa, for example, so that she has to submit to an AIDS test and present her bank statements, that's just total stupidity." Finkelstein is sure that "if we set such a precedent, then no one else will ever come here: people who come to hold lectures, put on exhibitions, circus performers, ballet ..."

 

Previously, during last year's concerts in St. Petersburg, a group of activists along with Vitaly Milonov attempted to accuse Madonna and Lady Gaga of promoting homosexuality among minors. As a result, a case was brought against Madonna and the organizers of her concert. However, the St. Petersburg courts were unable to send the pop diva a summons, as her postal address was unknown. Subsequently, the courts acquitted the singer.

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:
KPRU, Russia: Support of Anti-Putin U.S. for Pussy Riot 'Disgusting and Ridiculous'
Rzeczpospolita, Russia: Madonna: A Singing Agent of Russian Imperialism!
La Nouvelle Republique, France: Madonna ĎAffrontsí Franceís Extreme Right National Front
Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia: Pussy Riot Punks and the 'Innocence of Christians'
Kommersant, Russia: Kremlin Cannot Promise to Lift 'Gay Propaganda' Ban at Sochi

 

 

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