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Lady Gaga Responds to Russian Visa Issue

'Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance?'

Lady Gaga performs in Las Vegas.
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August 6, 2013 9:30 AM ET

Lady Gaga has responded to the Russian government's claim last week that the pop star could face prosecution for violating the terms of her visa by performing in the country. In a Facebook post expressing support for the Russian LGBT community, Gaga concluded with a pointed question: "Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn't want answer to the world?"

The New Immortals: Lady Gaga

Russian authorities have said that Gaga and Madonna were granted cultural exchange visas that do not allow commercial activity such as concert performances. But the government began investigating the singers following a complaint from a St. Petersburg legislator who also authored controversial anti-gay legislation. Both Gaga and Madonna have advocated on behalf of gay Russians, with Gaga reiterating her support on Facebook.

"Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia," she wrote. "The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia? The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom."

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