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Lady Gaga Slams Russia's "Criminal" Attitude Toward LGBT Community

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Russia, are you listening? Mother Monster is talking to you.

Lady Gaga had a very important message to relay to the Russian government today regarding the country's stance toward the LGBT community. And to make sure her voice was heard, the pop singer used Twitter (and her nearly 40 million followers) to get the point across.

"Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia?" she first tweeted.

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Gaga continued, "The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom...Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn't want answer to the world?"

The celeb's public slamfest came after Russian officials issued a statement saying the "Born This Way" singer could face prosecution for not obtaining appropriate visas to enter and perform in the country when she visited last December. As a result, prosecutors are looking into possibly asking Russia's foreign ministry or federal migration service to press charges.

The investigation came about after Vitaly Milonov, the Russian politician who authored St. Petersburg's law banning gay "propaganda," brought the visa issue to the attention of authorities.

At one point, Milonov tried—and failed—to take legal action against Gaga following her 2012 show for speaking out in support of LGBT issues during her concert and for "promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors."

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