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Rogozin vs. Madonna

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has never really been known for self-censorship. He treated his former post as Russian ambassador to NATO as a kind of political performance art, denouncing the group’s activities and posting off-color musings and home movies on his Twitter feed.  He’s been a bit more circumspect since returning to Moscow ...

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has never really been known for self-censorship. He treated his former post as Russian ambassador to NATO as a kind of political performance art, denouncing the group’s activities and posting off-color musings and home movies on his Twitter feed. 

He’s been a bit more circumspect since returning to Moscow as deputy prime minister, but Madonna’s recent statement on behalf of Pussy Riot — the pop singer donned the group’s signature balaclava at a concert in Moscow and said she’d “pray for them” — apparently pushed him too far. Rogozin took once again to Twitter, writing "Every former w. who has aged wants to give lectures about morals, especially during tours and gigs abroad," using an abbreviated form of the Russian word for whore.

This is probably exactly the sort of thing Madonna was hoping for. 

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has never really been known for self-censorship. He treated his former post as Russian ambassador to NATO as a kind of political performance art, denouncing the group’s activities and posting off-color musings and home movies on his Twitter feed. 

He’s been a bit more circumspect since returning to Moscow as deputy prime minister, but Madonna’s recent statement on behalf of Pussy Riot — the pop singer donned the group’s signature balaclava at a concert in Moscow and said she’d “pray for them” — apparently pushed him too far. Rogozin took once again to Twitter, writing "Every former w. who has aged wants to give lectures about morals, especially during tours and gigs abroad," using an abbreviated form of the Russian word for whore.

This is probably exactly the sort of thing Madonna was hoping for. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating