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Madonna labelled 'former sl*t' by Russian deputy prime minister

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A senior Russian official has criticised Madonna, implying that the singer is a 'former sl*t'.

The remark comes after Madonna voiced her support for jailed girl-punk band Pussy Riot, who were put on trial following a protest against Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Madonna performs on stage in Hyde Park, London, as part of her MDNA tour

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot at a court hearing in Moscow, Russia

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The singer has also attracted criticism for showing her support for the gay community by distributing pink wristbands during her concert tonight (August 9) in St Petersburg, where it is unlawful to promote homosexuality to young people.

Dmitry Rogozin, a deputy prime minister, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night: "With age, every former s. tries to lecture everyone on morality. Especially on overseas tours."

The 's.' is widely regarded to be the first letter of the Russian word for "sl*t" or "wh*re".

Replying to a user who challenged his comments, he added: "Either take off the cross or put on pants."

In her recent Moscow concert, Madonna had the words "Pussy Riot" written on her back and wore the band's trademark balaclava for her performance of 'Like A Virgin'.

Madonna performs during her concert at Olympic Hall in Moscow, Russia, with the words "Pussy Riot" on her bare back.

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Her concert in St Petersburg tonight has been the subject of terrorist threats, with US officials warning potential attendees to "stay vigilant".

The 53-year-old singer has recently hit the headlines for comments she made about fellow popstar Lady GaGa's track 'Born This Way', and for being on the receiving end of criticism from Sir Elton John, who claimed that her 'MDNA' tour has been "a disaster", and that it "couldn't happen to a bigger c**t".

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