Although the amount of fine is rather symbolic, $614 (20,000 rubles), the ruling will allow the complainant to sue Planeta Plus in a criminal court, demanding millions of rubles in damages for a "psychic trauma" suffered by her daughter at the show at St Petersburg's SKK, which they both attended last December.
Online newspaper Gazeta.ru quoted a spokesperson for the Labor Union of Russian Citizen, a marginal conservative organization believed to be behind the complaint, as saying that Petrova is considering further legal action.
Planeta Plus plans to appeal the decision. "We don't agree with this verdict because no one listened to us," Yevgeny Filkenstein, general director, said on the air of the network NTV-Peterburg. "Because of these laws against gay propaganda adopted here, because of these cheap publicity tricks, all viewers suffer."
"Just recently, Peter Gabriel, who has never performed in Russia, refused to come because of this law and because he supported Pussy Riot."
He referred to Russia's federal law "against propaganda of homosexuality among minors," enacted earlier this year. A similar law was enacted in St Petersburg even earlier, and there was an attempt to sue Madonna after her show in the city in August 2012 under that legislation, but the court threw out the lawsuit.
- This article first appeared on THR.com