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    Russian Orthodox Church calls for boycott of Madonna concert http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060804/ts_alt_afp/afpentertainmentrussia_06080 4174203 AFP August 4.
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      Russian Orthodox Church calls for boycott of Madonna concert
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      4174203
      AFP August 4. 2006



      Russia's Orthodox Church accused US superstar Madonna of exploiting
      Christian symbols for her own ends and called for a boycott of her
      first-ever concert in Moscow.

      "The US singer Madonna exploits Christian symbols -- the cross, rosary beads
      and the crucifix -- and tries to equate human passions, including her own
      personal passions, with something sacred," the spokesman for the patriarch
      of Moscow said.

      "I don't think that Orthodox believers should support this lady by going to
      her concert," father Vsevolod Chaplin said on Echo of Moscow radio station.

      She "needs spiritual help because she swings between Christianity and
      Kabbalah," he said, referring to a branch of Jewish mysticism that the
      singer follows.

      Madonna will perform in Russia for the first time on September 11 as part of
      her "Confessions" world tour. The concert will take place on a specially
      constructed stage on Sparrow Hills overlooking the city centre, close to
      Moscow State University.

      The pop diva will arrive in the Russian capital with 57 trucks and 200
      tonnes of equipment in tow, the organisers said. Tickets cost between 1,500
      rubles (55 dollars, 45 euros) and a hefty 25,000 rubles (930 dollars, 730
      euros).

      Madonna kicked off the European leg of her world tour in the Welsh city of
      Cardiff on July 30 where she gyrated on a saddle floating above the stage
      and sang from a crucifix in a performance involving provocative dance
      routines.

      She has often sparked outrage among religious leaders with raunchy video
      clips, notably when she kissed a black Christ in front of a burning cross in
      her 1989 hit "Like a Prayer".




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